For me, life is somewhat of a relay race. Growing through the stages of childhood, through adulthood, and finally to leading others I have always thought about succession plans and making sure there was someone in place to replace me. I’ve also always tried to have one or many mentors and one or many mentees and the rewards for both are tremendous. While living in a small town I was the computer guy, so as I became more known and busier I found a mentee to grow as a replacement for me. Like a relay race, I passed the baton to my mentee and tried to make that person better than I had been, or at least make it easier for them to travel a path I had been down.
The main goal of Blue Collar IT is to grow practical business skills through apprenticeship. While there is a lot of value in a four-year degree, the value does not translate well into getting a job at a business that is looking for a specific skill set. With Blue Collar IT, we are mapping business processes and the people skills needed to accomplish those processes.
Unless you have been under a rock the last few weeks, you have likely heard of the Hour of Code (HOC). The idea behind HOC is to break the perception that writing code is difficult. This is an educational outreach program for young people to learn about the benefits of being technology literate. The last time I looked, over 82 million people have written over 4 billion lines of code. Why should we care? As technology continues to advance, information about how to use it is becoming more widespread (and in many cases, free). All of this is changing how we educate students and grow our workforce.