Educational Technology

May 28, 2012

Educational Technology Is Key to Job Training, Panelists Say

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By Katie Mangan, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Andrea L. Taylor, the Microsoft Corporation’s director for North America community affairs, said the company had 5,000 jobs with starting salaries of $100,000 or more that are going unfilled because applicants lack the required technological skills. She said that an applicant who came to Microsoft with some kind of certificate showing that he or she had entry-level skills in technology “could be trained on the job.” Satish Menon, chief technology officer at the Apollo Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, also plugged certificates as alternatives to degrees in a tech field. “The real disruption will take place as companies say, ‘If you can demonstrate mastery, we’ll hire you. We don’t care if you have a degree,’” he said.

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