Tuesday, August 28, 2001
"IT Training and Education Opportunities in Hawai'i"
Host: David Lassner
Don Bourassa, Director, Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training
Jeff Bloom, President of Computer Training Academy /Network Resource Center
Stephen Itoga, Professor and Information and Computer Sciences Department Chairperson
Even with the dot.com troubles worldwide, the information technology (IT) sector continues to grow in Hawaii. One of the challenges employers face is finding and maintaining the workforce they need, especially in the fast-moving industry of IT where specific skills become obsolete in Internet time, and where new technologies emerge as fast as the click of a mouse.
This doesn't just affect IT businesses; every enterprise today relies on IT to support modern business practices that enable improved efficiencies and customer service.
There are a number of public and private providers of education and training for IT in Hawaii. These providers assist people who are ready to make career changes, provide opportunities for individuals who want to enhance their ability to compete for new jobs, and contract with employers to upgrade the skill level of their current staff. Join Don, Jeff and Stephen, representing three of Hawaii's most prominent sources of IT education and training, as they discuss their observations of the changing technologies in use in Hawaii, the changing workforce requirements of employers, and the opportunities for individuals and employers to obtain education, certification and training across the wide ranging field of IT.
During the live airing of the program, questions may be called in to 956-5670 or 1-800-342-7949 (neighbor islands), or sent by email to email@example.com.
High Tech Hawai'i is a live monthly call-in show produced by the University of Hawai'i to shed light on high technology activities within the state. It airs live on the fourth Tuesday of each month during the academic year from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. It can be seen on PEG Access cable channels throughout the state as well as on Verizon Americast. On O'ahu Cable it is on Oceanic Channel 55, on GTE Channel 21, and on Hawai'i Channel 54 . It is available on Maui and Kaua'i on a tape delayed basis.
Now entering its 5th year of production, previous High Tech Hawai'i shows have highlighted topics such as Y2K, the prospects for high technology in Hawai'i, Data Centers, Wireless, telecom regulation, electronic commerce, telemedicine, distance learning, assistive technologies for the disabled and the Pacific Telecommunications Council.
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