The Plan

A Sustainable future-focused tech economy


Education Pipeline

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We’re working with schools from across the region to offer more career pathways and courses that emphasize technology and IT. We need to build a robust talent pipeline, and this is where it all starts.

Jefferson County Public Schools

  • All K-12 students will demonstrate digital literacy through the Backpack of Success Skills defenses.

  • Elementary schools will collaborate with code.org through a $4 million grant with the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative if funded.

  • All middle school students will complete the Applied Digital Skills curriculum.

  • JCPS will work to ensure all high school students have access to career pathways and/or courses in information technology, engineering, computer science, and/or robotics and automation.

  • JCPS will integrate new computer science standards for all K-12 students across the district.

  • All high schools will have the opportunity to launch an Esports team/program.

  • By 2022, all JCPS students will demonstrate Applied Digital Skills as measured by an industry certification or industry-recognized digital badge.

Jefferson Community & Technical College

  • Expand enrollment in the existing Associate of Applied Science in Computer & Information Technology degree program.

  • Expand technology-related certificate program offerings.

Ivy Tech Community College

  • Scale the number of job-ready degrees, certificates, and certifications awarded through the School of Information Technology.

  • Launch an active, interdisciplinary Esports team/group.

  • Research the possibility and offer scholarships for Esports participants.

Bellarmine University

  • Expand enrollment in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Actuarial Science degree programs.

  • Create and launch new computer and mathematics-related degrees and certifications.

  • Create a university-sponsored Esports team.

University of Louisville

  • Expand enrollment in Computer Science and Engineering, Computer Information Systems, and Health Data Analytics degree programs.

  • Create new degree programs in Computer Science, Data Science, Business Analytics, and Social Data Analytics.

  • Create new minors in Computer Science, Social Data Analytics, and Data Science.

  • Expand enrollment in the Instructional Technology degree program and online teaching endorsement.

  • Create a university-sponsored Esports team.

  • Offer professional badges and credentials in digital skills like AI, cloud computing, data science, cybersecurity and more, leveraging the IBM Skills Academy in the UofL Center for Digital Transformation.

Indiana University Southeast

  • Expand enrollment in the Computer Science degree program.

  • Create a university-sponsored Esports team and offer scholarships for Esports participants.

  • Work to secure funding for the Information Systems Management master’s degree.

University of Kentucky

  • Expand undergraduate and graduate enrollment in the College of Engineering.

  • Create and launch a new Data Science and Biomedical Informatics graduate degree program.


Training Pipeline

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We’re re-imagining the public sector’s role in fostering tech talent through innovative partnerships like Code Louisville. We’re also advocating for more tech funding from city, state, and federal agencies to accomplish our goals.

KentuckianaWorks

  • Expand capacity and enrollment in Code Louisville.

  • Create Tech Louisville in partnership with AMPED.

  • Roll out the bit502 on-the-job apprenticeship program in partnership with Jefferson Community & Technical College.

  • Work with the state government to make G:Suite and Applied Digital Skills courses part of the College and Career Readiness standard.

  • Introduce the IT career pathway curriculum in Reimage, a re-entry program for youth who have been involved with the court system.


Employer Leadership

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We’re collaborating with our top local companies to help them hire and train more tech employees. The Academies of Louisville, an initiative of Jefferson County Public Schools to integrate career pathways at all traditional high schools, is a prime example of employers growing their own talent early.

Louisville Area Employers

  • Partner with Jefferson County Public Schools and the Academies of Louisville to integrate technology-related career pathways at all traditional high schools.

  • Increase compensation for technology-related jobs in Louisville comparable to that of our peer cities.

  • Add twelve additional Academies of Louisville employer partners in the tech sector, which will each commit to offering paid summer internships.

  • Commit to training and hiring local talent.

  • Provide avenues for career growth within your organization, beginning with entry-level talent.


Local Government Leadership

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We’re working to ensure the City of Louisville and all Louisvillians are prepared for the tech revolution of the future.

Local Government LEaders

  • Provide Louisville’s top IT employers a platform to collaborate on solving their hiring challenges through the Louisville Tech Alliance, a collaborative group of local business leaders with strong IT and technology-related interests.

  • Work with Chief Technology Officers, Chief Information Officers, and HR executives at local corporations to identify credentials they value when making hiring decisions, which can then help inform our education and training curriculums.

  • Advocate for state and federal funding to support the expansion of current technology-related academic programs and the addition of new technology-related academic programs at Kentucky’s higher education institutions.


Foundation & Nonprofit Leadership

We’re working closely with foundations and private donors who share the vision of Louisville as a regional tech hub to secure the funding needed to make transformative change possible.

National & Local Nonprofits & Foundations

  • Provide funding for a new Louisville Community Tech Center.

  • Endow permanent technology professorships at Jefferson Community & Technical College.

  • Ensure home computer and internet access for all students in Jefferson County Public Schools.