K-20 Subcommittee

K-20 Subcommittee

About the #mketech K-20 Subcommittee

The K-20 Subcommittee seeks to engage with organizations in the greater Milwaukee region that share a passion for our Vision, Mission and Values and would like to be actively engaged in our collective efforts.  

Vision:  All students in the greater MKE region understand their potential to contribute to the #mketech ecosystem. 

Mission:  Retain graduates with diverse backgrounds in the greater Milwaukee region (M7) interested in working in tech related fields.

Values:  Strategies increase the likelihood for the upward mobility of underrepresented populations and reinforce Coalition members as employers of choice.

Initial Strategies/Initiatives 2020-21

  • Demonstrate a Regional Commitment to Local Tech Talent Development – Bring together K-12 educators, higher ed, industry and community partners to expose students to computing and related disciplines and support the ‘What’s Next’ across key stakeholder groups. 
  • District Planning – Support K-12 districts with an interest in developing a comprehensive plan for computer science education.  
    • Sponsor CSforALL SCRIPT workshop for initial cohort.  Advance priorities identified by SCRIPT districts.  Specifically,
      • Support for K-12 CS curriculum alignment efforts
      • Coordination of industry volunteer requests
      • Clarification on certifications of value to employers
      • Visibility into higher education programming specific to tech, tech-enabled, and/or tech-adjacent careers.
    • Launch regional K-12 Computing Alliance to provide a coordinated response to identified needs for districts who participate in CSforALL SCRIPT workshop.
    • Build capacity for work-based learning to include co-curricular activities, curated projects, internships, and youth apprenticeships (that can bridge to registered IT apprenticeships). 
  • College Internships – Develop virtual tech internship program to support college students in overall career/talent development goals and create a peer network of emerging technologists.
    • Collaborated with The Commons to develop and evolve initial summer offering in 2020. Please see the website for details.  
  • Post-Secondary Transitions – Develop strategies to assist in post-secondary planning and workforce transitions
    • e.g. MKE Tech Career Expo, etc. 
  • Attraction – Develop strategies to attract early career talent to region to support identified talent gaps.

Primary Contacts

Committee Representation

Impact

Virtual Tech Internship Demonstrates Local Commitment to Emerging Tech Talent

Submitted by Renee Becker-Blau, Talent Development Associate …… This past April, the MKE Tech Hub Coalition and The Commons heard a significant number of college students were losing their in-person […]

K-12 Districts Initiate Systems-Level Change to Build Inclusive Culture for CS

Submitted by Renee Becker-Blau, Talent Development Associate, MKE Tech Coalition ……  Currently in the State of Wisconsin, schools are required to offer instruction in computer science, but there is a […]

Inspiring “Womxn in Tech” via NCWIT-WI

by Laura Schmidt, MKE Tech Coalition & Rachael Wiley, NCWIT-WI  … The MKE Tech Coalition supports a number of initiatives committed to local tech talent development that reflects the community […]

Greater Milwaukee K-12 Computing Alliance Launched!

by Laura Schmidt, Chief Talent Development Officer … Tech is embedded in all of our key industries. Our future workforce will either need to contribute to the creation of technology solutions, […]

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