In this project, the NCTN worked with 10 community colleges in Massachusetts to strengthen workforce development in computer information systems/information technology (CIS/IT) and health sciences by improving curriculum and creating more efficient career pathways.
NCTN partnered with the Computer Information Systems and Information Technology Academic Program Team to develop an employer summit aimed at advancing dialogue on workforce development issues related to the cyber security and networking fields, and increasing engagement between higher education and industry. This event took place on December 6, 2017 with partners from the MA Department of Higher Education and Dell-EMC.
In addition, guidance was provided to the Health Sciences Academic Program Team’s redesign of curriculum with faculty from the 15 Massachusetts community colleges participating in this federal Department of Labor grant. Key accomplishments for the Health Sciences Academic Program Team include:
- the redesign of the Community Health Worker (CHW) Certificate and the Associate Degree in Foundations of Health Career programs at Holyoke Community College,
- the launch of the CHW certificate program at Berkshire Community College,
- the redesign of Central Processing and Surgical Technology Certificate Programs at Bunker Hill Community College, and
- the creation of Open Educational Resources to support health curricula.
This project concluded December 31, 2017.