Post Sec­ondary In­sti­tu­tions Join Forces To Com­bat Lack Of It Grad­u­ates

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Len­noxville Sher­brooke

Em­ploy­ersin the Town­ships are des­per­ate to em­ploy grad­u­ates of Cégep and Univer­sity com­puter pro­grams, but sup­ply is not meet­ing de­mand and four lo­cal post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions are tack­ling the prob­lem head on.

Cégep de Sher­brooke, Cham­plain Col­lege Len­noxville, Bishop’s Univer­sity and Univer­sité de Sher­brooke have joined forces to build aware­ness about the num­ber and type of lo­cal jobs avail­able for Com­puter Sci­ence and In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy grad­u­ates in the East­ern Town­ships. Dur­ing the IT Ca­reer Week the four pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions are or­ga­niz­ing events show­cas­ing some of the di­ver­si­fied ca­reers in the IT in­dus­try. The IT Ca­reer week is sched­uled from Oc­to­ber 24 to 28.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port pre­pared for Tech­no­com­pé­tences by Ray­mond Chabot Grant Thorn­ton, 50% of the jobs in IT re­quire a univer­sity de­gree and 40% re­quire a col­le­gial diploma in Que­bec.

The Univer­sité de Sher­brooke will kick off the week with a con­fer­ence given by a pro­fes­sor in their Com­puter Sci­ence Depart­ment and a spe­cial­ist in med­i­cal im­agery, Dr. Maxime Descoteaux, en­ti­tled Com­ment les math­é­mati­ciens et les in­for­mati­ciens changent la médecine au­jourd’hui.

Also on Mon­day, the Cégep de Sher­brooke will hold a lunch time pre­sen­ta­tion from 1:00 to 2:20 p.m. on Pro­fes­sions in Ap­plied Sciences an­i­mated by pro­fes­sion­als and pro­fes­sors from the Univer­sité de Sher­brooke to in­form youth of the em­ploy­ment prospectives and the fields of study at­tached to these sciences.

On Tues­day, the Cégep de Sher­brooke will host a con­fer­ence en­ti­tled In­for­ma­tique: des mythes, une réal­ité. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of em­ploy­ers in IT will speak about the tech­ni­cal tasks and de­stroy myths about the com­puter wolrd.

Bishop’s Univer­sity will spon­sor ac­tiv­i­ties on Wed­nes­day high­lighted by a con­fer­ence, A Ca­reer in Com­puter Sci­ence, Jour­ney through 20 years given by Luc Groleau, BU class of ’90, who is cur­rently work­ing as a Se­nior IT Spe­cial­ist at IBM.

The week will wrap up at Cham­plain-len­noxville with a round ta­ble dis­cus­sion en­ti­tled Prob­léma-tic on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 27, mod­er­ated by Gor­don Har­ling Eng., Di­rec­tor of Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment in In­for­ma­tion Tech­nolo­gies at Sher­brooke Innopole. The panel will be com­prised of lo­cal busi­ness lead­ers and the Pres­i­dent DG of Réseau AC­TION TI at the provin­cial level, Mr. Pa­trice-guy Martin. The panel will ad­dress the plight of this much in de­mand pro­fes­sion.

Ad­mis­sion to the ac­tiv­i­ties is free, and the gen­eral pub­lic as well as ed­u­ca­tors are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in any or all ac­tiv­i­ties. The ac­tiv­i­ties at the Cégep de Sher­brooke and the Univer­sité de Sher­brooke will be con­ducted in French, and the ac­tiv­i­ties at Bishop’s Univer­sity will be held mainly in English with ques­tions and com­ments in French wel­come. The round ta­ble dis­cus­sion at Cham­plain-len­noxville will be in French, how­ever, English com­ments or ques­tions will be wel­come. Additional in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing all of the week’s ac­tiv­i­ties can be found at www.crc-len­nox.qc.ca

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