Historically, information technology talent has been in short supply nationally, and regions like ours with educational institutions that can deliver a sustained pipeline of new workers with advanced skills have an advantage.
The Northern Kentucky University (NKU) College of Informatics (COI) is one of just a handful of such colleges nationally. Enrollment in COI has grown steadily and also boasts a top-ranked Cyber Defense Team. The college has added several new degrees, including an applied software engineering degree focused on software security and user experience design in addition to a BS and MS in cybersecurity. COI is also partnering with some of the region’s largest and most important companies, including Macy’s and Kroger.
Gateway Community & Technical College also offers training to build IT talent, enabling students to earn associate’s degrees across a spectrum of information technology fields, from cloud computing and information security to network administration and programming. The college also offers transfer pathways to NKU.
Throughout the Cincinnati region, Xavier University, Miami University, and the University of Cincinnati all add information technology talent to the pipeline. In a 2021 report from San Francisco-based CodeSignal, Miami was ranked No. 2 among U.S. colleges for coding assessments, ahead of Carnegie Mellon and Columbia University.