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New Course Offering: Prepare Your Business for The Effects of COVID-19

9/3/2020 The Tombolo Institute is excited to introduce a new program, Innovation Lab, an intensive, seven-week program designed to help businesses acquire relevant business knowledge and adapt to the changed economic environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with Startup425, we are even more excited to offer this program…

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Taking a Hard Look at Soft Skills in the Tech Industry

8/18/2020 As U.S. technology companies began to expand into global markets and build multicultural teams, they came to realize that having employees with good soft skills was critical to their success. It may come as a surprise that the more technology advances and permeates everyday life, the more crucial social…

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The Value of IT Certifications

6/9/2020 As IT leaders scramble to close the skills gaps within their organizations, hiring candidates with the right IT certifications is becoming increasingly advantageous. Hiring managers are under tremendous pressure to find new hires who can quickly become productive team members, who can troubleshoot problems and complete projects on time,…

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Recorded Info Sessions – Technology Certificate Programs

5/5/2020 COVID-19 has altered the way in which we can prepare you for tomorrow's workforce, but it isn't stopping us from keeping you informed! Below are on-demand info sessions for four of our programs. These instructor-led programs are offered online so you can enhance your skills from the comfort and…

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Q&A with Albert Lewis Jr., M.Ed., Vice President of Economic & Workforce Development, Tombolo Institute

4/22/2020 How did Tombolo Institute come about and what is its mission? Albert Lewis: We recognized that there’s a skills gap in the Pacific Northwest as it relates to technology training, and that companies are always seeking well-qualified candidates. It used to be that big tech companies were almost exclusively…

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Going Beyond Learning Objectives: Setting Application and Impact Objectives for Training Programs

4/15/2020 The foundation for formal learning within an organization typically is based on learning objectives that guide curriculum development and a basic level of assessment—or “show us what you learned.” Indeed, most organizations seem to assume that if employees learn new skills and acquire knowledge, the benefits to the organization…

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The Rise of Online Learning

4/1/2020 At colleges across the United States, the rate of growth in online enrollment is outpacing that for on-campus enrollment. According to Inside Higher Ed, “The number of students taking at least one online course grew from 31.1 percent in 2016 to 33.1 percent in 2017 and 34.7 percent in 2018.” While online…

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Cloud Architecture has the Money, but not the Architects to Build it

1/6/2020 First off, let’s try to agree on something. Has cloud computing completely changed the way people and businesses are conducting their activities? If that premise is true, then shouldn’t we be looking at how jobs are being adjusted to reflect this new reality? Are we ready to face new challenges…

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Starting Over and Standing Out: Marina Silcheva

1/6/2020 Marina Silcheva knows human resources. Having worked in the field for 10 years in her native Russia and the Czech Republic, Marina was a seasoned professional before moving to Washington in 2016. When she looked for a job, however, her vast experience wasn’t enough to help her find employment.…

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The Rise of the Software Industry in the U.S. Job Market

1/6/2020 A recent report by software.org revealed just how powerful the software industry was on American job growth in 2018. Some of the most prominent findings include: Nearly 1 in 10 US jobs resulted from the software industry. The software industry contributed to about 14 million jobs nationwide. Software jobs grew…

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