Tech Talent Initiative

NVTC's Tech Talent Initiative

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is NVTC's first-ever
Academic Partner, reflecting NVTC and NOVA's
joint commitment to ensuring our region has the highly-skilled
IT workers our technology employers need.

Greater Washington, with 161,000 IT job advertisements over the last 12 months, has the second highest demand in the country for IT workers. Given the tremendous impact the tech sector has in both our region and the nation, it is critical for educational institutions and businesses to partner together to attract, develop and retain a talented workforce with the skills, competencies and certifications that regional technology employers need in order to grow our economy and meet the demands of today's tech challenges.

NVTC launched the Tech Talent Initiative (TTI) to address these workforce challenges. TTI serves the needs of our members and the greater business community through a series of complimentary programs and activities addressing the shared current and future talent needs of the region's technology employers to certification, skill and competency development.

NVTC's current TTI research and strategic activities include:

  • Implementing a full-scale implementation of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) methodology with the end goal of creating a business-driven self-sustaining model that addresses the regional technology workforce gaps, both in skills and capacity. The TPM implementation project will be considered successful if employers report a decrease in the cost of obtaining the "right" talent.
  • In a continued effort to address the talent needs of NVTC members and the Greater Washington technology community, NVTC is partnering with the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) in support of their Higher Education Workforce Initiative (HEWI) to launch three new opportunities for NVTC members to align business needs with higher education offerings to meet demand in emerging fields and address workforce misalignment. These opportunities include:
    • Developing Industry-Specific Competency Maps in Cybersecurity and DSA: These fields are developing and changing so rapidly that there is often a gap between the skills undergraduates develop in the classroom and the skills practitioners are using in the field. To narrow this gap, NVTC will convene subject matter experts (SMEs) from government, industry and higher education who work in cybersecurity, DSA or traditional engineering to assist in reviewing and updating existing competency maps to ensure the next-generation of engineering undergraduates receive the education and skills needed to succeed in cybersecurity and DSA careers.
    • Hosting an Internship Roundtable for Emerging Tech Fields: Tech employer SMEs will be convened to brainstorm how to effectively develop early professional relationships with students that can give companies a competitive advantage in building a qualified emerging tech workforce.
  • Publication of our Greater Washington Technology Workforce Needs Assessment report, which addresses the specific, future workforce needs of regional technology employers. This report focuses on the most in-demand functional areas and the skills needed to support occupations within those high-demand areas. These findings will be used to help guide Northern Virginia Community College's development of coursework tied to Virginia's pay-for-performance program, which provides reimbursement of up to two-thirds of the cost of training upon successful obtainment of a certification by the student and will be used to support NVTC's other Tech Talent Initiative activities. The report is available at www.nvtc.org/NeedsAssessment.
We are also exploring several other opportunities to better connect area technology employers with our partners in the academic community and a pipeline of technology talent. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact John Shaw.