Mississippi Condition RCU’s Hollis joins statewide details technologies job pressure

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Studio portrait of Shelly Hollis
Shelly Hollis (Photograph by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Overlook.—A Mississippi Point out education and curriculum chief is currently being named to a statewide undertaking power aimed at growing Mississippi’s info technological innovation workforce.

Shelly Hollis, assistant director of cyber schooling for the university’s Research and Curriculum Device, just lately was picked to provide on the information and facts technologies endeavor power developed by C Spire and the Mississippi Point out Workforce Expenditure Board (SWIB). C Spire Chief Engineering Officer Carla Lewis and SWIB Chairman Patrick Sullivan tapped Hollis, who also leads MSU’s Center for Cyber Education and learning.

“Shelly is passionate about personal computer science schooling, and the RCU is fortuitous to have a person with her eyesight and passion guiding the Heart for Cyber Schooling,” RCU Director Betsey Smith stated. “She is committed to growing the laptop science programs and trainings available in our state, and it is a testament to her management that wonderful associates like C Spire and SWIB have questioned her to serve on this really significant endeavor pressure.”

The undertaking drive involves other leaders from condition instruction, field, workforce development and Mississippi Coding Academies.

“Being requested to serve on this committee is a good honor and a pretty interesting prospect. To have K-12 education acknowledged as an vital and valued portion of the workforce pipeline is a enormous phase toward closing the gap between education IT specialists and the enormous quantity of open work in our point out and place,” Hollis said. 

“It is not surprising that K-12 training would be bundled with C Spire foremost the committee. It is one particular of the most important proponents of K-12 pc science training in our point out. From an business point of view, C Spire is foremost the cost in our point out to near the gap,” she added.

The group’s very first project is to collect knowledge from stakeholders in the IT workforce and instruction communities on what schooling chances are currently obtainable and which resources are desired to grow these possibilities. This knowledge will be applied in generating a centralized hub that presents Mississippi residents the competencies essential to be aggressive in the state’s higher-shelling out, substantial-demand IT workforce.

Hollis, who joined the RCU in 2014, said that IT workforce progress begins with K-12 pc science education. She sees the job drive as an chance to give insight into the K-12 computer science education accessible in Mississippi and even more showcase the successes of the Personal computer Science for Mississippi initiative, a collaboration concerning the Mississippi Division of Training and the RCU aimed at expanding K-12 pc science instruction in the point out.

“Many business and workforce leaders are not aware of our CS4MS initiative and are generally pleasantly astonished at how substantially we are accomplishing and have accomplished,” Hollis explained. “I can find out from the group how we want to update current applications, build new courses and fully grasp what certifications and specialised teaching might be needed.”

Mainly because of the statewide initiative, personal computer science programs have been implemented in 132 college districts, much more than 1,600 instructors have been qualified to teach the curricula, additional than 65,000 Mississippi students have now taken a laptop or computer science system, K-12 criteria and endorsements are in place for universities and academics, and computer system science now counts as a graduation credit history.


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