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Engage IT: Preparing Students for IT Careers in the "IT" City Public Investment Plan (2018)


Sandi Hoff, Nashville Technology Council

Project Purpose

Engage IT seeks to pilot an educator/employer-driven collaborative approach to address the challenge of job candidate “skills gap” by providing the necessary support for MNPS students in IT Pathways taking the CompTIA A+ certification exam. The lack of support for students seeking certifications has resulted in students earning less than their potential (over $1 million per person in lifetime earnings) and has impeded economic development in Middle Tennessee, as employers have consistently been unable to fill available positions.

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