OCBC has led the effort to strategically engage key stakeholders from both the Orange County business and education/workforce training communities with the goal of bridging the gap between existing IT curriculum and training, with the needs of local businesses. On March 14, representatives from Orange County’s business and education communities received an update on the Orange County Information Technology Cluster Competitiveness Project, which is a joint project between OCBC and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board (OCWIB). The IT Cluster Competitiveness Project is the result of a Workforce Innovation Fund grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to the OCWIB for the purpose of creating a strategic approach to meeting the IT needs of Orange County businesses, while also supporting the county’s economic and workforce development. A critical component to the Orange County economy, IT’s cross-cutting nature has led to growth in both vertical or “traditional” IT industry clusters, such as software, electronics, online gaming; as well as horizontal industry clusters such as life sciences, engineering and finance.
As an outcome, OCBC in concert with the OCWIB, created a stakeholder-directed roadmap designed to plot a course towards the goal of increasing the number of training programs providing nationally-competitive IT skills, creating an expanded and sustainable pool of skilled IT workers, and ultimately increasing the growth and competitiveness of Orange County’s IT industry cluster. CLICK HERE for an overview the IT Cluster Competitiveness Roadmap. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.