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Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow's IT Skills

Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow's IT Skills

Oct 28, 2011
Selling tech careers to high-school kids

Jobs for the technically skilled in Canada are way up, enrollment in tech courses way down.

The business-technology sector alone grows by 10,000 jobs a year while university programs turn out 2,000 grads, says David Ticoll, director of a corporate-created agency called the Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow’s ICT Skills.


Oct 17, 2011
Lang & O'leary (Video)


Oct 23, 2011
Computer Class Canceled

Nora YoungThere's been a sharp decline in the number of young people studying Computer Science. Mark Allemang is a professor at Sault College in Sault Ste Marie Ontario who has seen this decline first hand, as more and more courses are canceled in community college. But why do so-called digital natives lack interest in pursuing careers in tech fields? David Ticoll is the executive director of the Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow's ICT Skills, and he thinks the key is in not limiting education in computers to a hard category of 'computer science', but in thinking of educating young people in hybrid skills.

To listen to the audio file, please see here (Runs 10:00)


Oct 3, 2011
Winning the jobs war

The Coming Jobs War, a new book by Jim Clifton, chairman of Gallup Research, warns of an all-out war for jobs: "3 billion [people around the world] tell Gallup they work or want to work. Most of these people need a full-time formal job. The problem is that there are currently only 1.2 billion full-time, formal jobs in the world." The greatest demand comes from burgeoning - and capable - economies like Brazil, Russia, India and China.



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