Digital Skills Initiative Update 4.0

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On, March 20th, representatives from over 10 organizations convened for the fourth working session to further strategize about a regional approach to tackling the acquisition of digital skills. We began the session by discussing the region’s Prosperity Strategy Executive Summary. The executive committee leading this effort is comprised of Greater Sacramento Economic Council, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Sacramento Metro Chamber, and Valley Vision.

A key pillar in the region’s Prosperity Plan is digital inclusion & talent development, which was a call to action generated by the Brookings Institute report. The priorities of this work group will be to:

Digital Inclusion:

  • Bring Community Together: Map regional gaps in digital inclusion; create partnerships across sectors to connect community

  • Access and Competency of Use (Technical Skills): Acquire tech and computing resources and the competency to use them.

  • Affordability of UniversalAccess to the Community (Broadband)

  • Asset Map: Develop a database of assets for addressing digital literacy, including basic device training; internet and computer use; loaned equipment etc.

Talent Development

  • Define and develop an assessment of basic digital skills required for entry-level employment across all industries

  • Identification of high-skill needs and training requirements by industry sector

  • Develop pathways to up-skill incumbent IT workers (e.g. from helpdesk and network administration to software development and cybersecurity)

  • Expand awareness of IT careers outside careers outside of computer science, and awareness of multiple post-secondary options certification and skill development

  • Expand non-degree training options including industry valued badging and credentials, and immersive teaching and experiential learning programs

  • Expand awareness of the high-skill “STEM” careers in industry sectors (construction, manufacturing, agriculture, etc.)

  • Develop and implement inclusive outreach to ensure women and people of color are informed and have access to digital opportunity

  • Expand and improve computer science instruction in K-12 and post-secondary education

  • Implement competency - and work-based approaches, including apprenticeships

After discussing these items in depth we discussed The New Foundational Skills of the Digital Economy as it relates to this initiative. We identified the intersection between human skills, digital building block skills, and business enabler skills and the role these skills play in building the foundation for the digital economy.

 
Cameron Law