DECD: Tech Talent

Connecticut Technology Talent Advisory Committee
The Technology Talent Advisory Committee is legislatively tasked with three actions:
  1. Calculate the number of “software developers and other persons” (A) employed in tech-based fields where there is a shortage of qualified employees and (B) employed by businesses located in Connecticut as of December 31, 2016
  2. Develop pilot programs to recruit tech talent to Connecticut and train residents of the state in tech-based skills with the goal of increasing the number of skilled technology workers in the state
  3. Identify other tech industries where there is a shortage of qualified employees in this state
Additional details can be found in the full legislation (Sec. 23).
Technology Talent Advisory Committee Meetings
Next meeting: Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 9-10am. Location TBD
Advisory Committee meetings for 2017 will typically be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 9am-10am at rotating locations. The full (tentative) 2017 meeting calendar is available, but meeting dates and times are subject to change.
Advisory Committee Members
The Technology Talent Advisory Committee consists of the following members:
Commissioner Catherine Smith, Chairman
Commissioner, Dept. of Economic and Community Development
Pedro Bermudez
Sean Cassidy
Dr. Ken Colwell
Central Connecticut State University
Kate Emery
The Walker Group
Josh Geballe
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Lisa Jacobi
Julio Mansilla
Bill Moschella
Venkata Natarajan
Prudential Retirement
Monoswita Saha
Gary Scharf
iTech Solutions, Inc.
Dr. Alex Schwarzmann
University of Connecticut
Mike Silvestrini
Dan Viens
FactSet Research Systems, Inc.
Jen Widness
Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges
Jeff Wihbey
Connecticut Technical High School System
Past Meeting Notes and Presentations
Tech Talent Survey
In order to determine the greatest gaps in tech talent, the Tech Talent Advisory Committee sent a survey to employers across the state asking them of their current and future hiring needs, as it relates to technical skills and tech jobs.
Useful Links
Pursuant to Section 32-7p of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Technology Talent Advisory Committee submitted a full report to the Commerce, Education, Higher Education, and Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committees. This report contains information about the committee’s pilot programs, number of technology-based workers targeted for recruitment, and timeline/measures for reaching the recruitment target.
Computer Science Summit
There are a number of committees, commissions, and working groups that currently exist in Connecticut with the purposes of researching the current computer science education landscape and strengthening the tech talent pipeline. In order to avoid duplicative efforts to increase computer science education in Connecticut classrooms and build a tech talent pipeline, the Connecticut State Department of Education and the Department of Economic and Community Development co-hosted two computer science summits in February and May 2017.
Higher Education Innovation & Entrepreneurship Working Group
Public Act 16-3 created required CTNext to convene a working group consisting of in-state presidents of public and independent institutions of higher education to develop a master plan for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship at in-state public and independent institutions of higher education. The master plan was submitted to the CTNext board of directors. Once approved, the plan will be used to make grants-in-aid to institutions to foster innovation and entrepreneurship consistent with and in furtherance of the master plan. The Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges has published materials for the Working Group.