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South Carolina Summit on IT will examine state’s tech workforce gaps

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The third annual South Carolina Summit on IT will examine how the state’s supply of information technology workers can better meet the needs of the industry.

The summit, to take place at IT-oLogy on Tuesday, will include results from a 2017 statewide study that identifies immediate and long-term challenges facing state tech industry workforce development.

“The research confirms that, like in other states, there are significant gaps between the information technology talent currently available in South Carolina and the demand for talent,” said survey conductor Loretta Dodgen of Charlotte-based business consulting firm Multiple Choice Inc. in a news release. “The current demand varies across distinct IT positions like information security, web developers and systems as well as in regions of the state.”

Summit sessions will feature discussion of South Carolina innovators’ best practices and approaches. Participating organizations include Apprenticeship Carolina, the S.C. Department of Commerce, SCRA, Charleston Digital Corridor and NEXT Greenville.

“Information technology is the backbone of every business in every industry,” IT-oLogy president Tammy Mainwaring said. “In order for South Carolina to have a progressive and vibrant economy, we must address the IT workforce gaps highlighted in this study.”

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