The Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce initiative is making a difference in the lives of students, and meeting the tech needs of today’s employers.
iDEW’s industry partners bring their expertise in current technology needs and trends, like big data and the Internet of Things. They broaden students’ perspectives on the many ways informatics is shaping how we work, live, and play.
Encouraging tomorrow’s innovators
By 2024, there will be 1.4 million information technology (IT)-related job openings in the U.S. Job opportunities in IT are projected to grow up to 13 percent over the next decade, the fastest among STEM fields. Filling these jobs with a workforce that reflects our nation’s demographic composition will be essential to true progress.
81% Students interested in pursuing a career in IT by their third year in iDEW
Industry partners can support the Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce initiative through classroom guest speaking, student mentorship, company site visits, field trips, internships, and job opportunities, as well as expert review of curriculum and co-developing new project outlines.
Industry professionals from these companies have served as jurors for the end-of-semester projects or visited iDEW classrooms to interact with students:
- Angie’s List
- Eli Lilly and Company
- IU School of Medicine
- Interactive Intelligence
- pi lab
Industry visitors talk to students about their careers— job satisfaction, following one’s passion, college readiness, and career trajectories. Presentations cover topics including:
- User accessibility
- User experience design
- Project management
- Marketing and social media
- Business analysis
- Global markets
Why does iDEW work?
Persistence in action is the reason iDEW succeeds. One-and-done programs don’t demonstrate the efficacy of a multiple-year program like iDEW. The numbers prove this. Looking at iDEW students who are interested in pursuing a career in IT, the percentages have gone up as they have continued with the program:
1st year: 52%
2nd year: 66%
3rd year: 81%
The breadth and depth of iDEW student experiences are key to the program’s success and will serve as a national model for future programs of its kind. Those experiences largely depend on external resources.
Your investment in iDEW supports:
- Participation incentives for students, including scholarships, support for attending summer workshops, and traveling for field trips
- Faculty who create the curriculum, and college students who serve as mentors
- Student internships
- Teacher training
Industry partners can support iDEW through student mentorship, company site visits, field trips, internships, and job opportunities. You can be an iDEW classroom guest speaker, or serve as a juror for robotics demos or other end-of-semester projects.
Together, we can continue to build this unique partnership among the university, high schools, industry, and the community. We can create an IT workforce that strengthens our economy and keeps our state and our nation in step with technological innovation. And we can transform the lives of countless bright young students.