Supporting public interest technologists in earning their associate degree through intentional learning communities: The importance of marketable tech skills, peer support and mentorship in Year 2
Year 1 provided start-up costs for an intentional learning community in collaboration with faculty, tech and community stakeholders at CSI. Public interest tech is defined by how students interrogate an understanding of technology that focuses on media literacy and powerful tech tools for self-determination and effective representation of community needs. In Year 2, students will complete their associate degree, develop peer support networks, learn marketable tech skills and forge college/career pipelines. A baccalaureate degree in PIT will be designed. An advisory board and student club will be established. Support from CSI Tech Incubator will lead to credentialed training opportunities. A second cohort of students will begin the program.
This project will create a repository of materials focused on Public Interest Tech (PIT) by awarding university wide faculty mini-grants to create and share, in local and global venues, PIT curricula as open educational resources (OER).
Susan Imberman, Ph.D
Producing public interest technologists requires pre-college support networks, academic paths toward skill building and a focus on social justice. This project partners with secondary educators, community and industry leaders to design a rigorous new academic program for a pool of diverse talent.
Dr. Kathleen M. Cumiskey, Associate Professor