The History

The Capital Area IT Council is a Michigan Regional Skills Alliance that was formed to address the specific workforce development challenges facing the local information technology industry. Employer led and directed, the Capital Area IT Council is a coalition of industry, education, economic development, and government partners committed to identifying, developing, and implementing real solutions for improving the quantity and quality of IT professionals in the region.

Information technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the capital area, growing almost 7 times faster than the rate for all jobs. The data suggests that more than 13,000 residents in the capital area are employed in IT related jobs. IT companies in the region are enjoying explosive growth; however the very success of the regional IT community means they must cooperate among themselves and with their partners to recruit, develop, and retain the people needed to sustain future growth. The IT Council is designed to be a vehicle to ensure the local business community and the region have a coherent, effective champion for IT workforce development.

Benefits of Membership

Lead Generation: Capital Area IT Council members have direct access to applicants registered on Pure Michigan Talent Connect (www.mitalent.org) and can consult directly with a Business Solutions Professional who specializes in IT to create a customized recruitment plan or pre-screen candidates.  Members also benefit from the organization’s outreach strategies to drive additional candidates and job seekers to Pure Michigan Talent Connect and the Greater Lansing IT Professionals LinkedIn group.

Training: As a Capital Area IT Council member, the CAITC can provide access to training programs and emerging talent pools that compliment the professional development and work experience you can provide to a new IT professional—at no additional cost to you, the employer. These training programs are specifically  developed to meet the demand of local IT employers by using our local educational resources and partners.  Join the council to explore these training opportunities, such as the previous Capital Area Tech Knowledge E-Pathways, and/or connecting with education and training partners can help you meet your organization’s growth or hiring needs.

Events: The Capital Area IT Council hosts several events and meetings each year where members can network and collaborate, as well as hear from knowledgeable speakers and industry experts.  As an incentive to join the IT Council, non-member employers can attend events for a guest fee, with the fees being applied toward their annual membership dues if they decide to join the organization. Corporate level memberships include access to all meetings, special events, and Peer Group activities.

Peer Groups: As a membership driven organization, the Capital Area IT Council provides an internal structure that allows members to connect directly and benefit from experiences of their peers. Currently the CAITC has active peer groups for CIO’s, Help Desk Users and Operations Management. Other peer groups are under consideration, such as Enterprise Architecture and Cloud Computing, so whatever expertise you may be seeking on a project consulting with other members may be the assistance you need.

Public Relations: The Capital Area IT Council is dedicated to raising awareness about the local IT industry and promoting the diverse employers in this area. Using local and statewide media outlets, the CAITC promotes its members, industry growth, career opportunities and more. Please see example media clips below.

Opportunities: Capital Area IT council members include both small and large IT companies as well as other end user organizations that employ a significant number of IT professionals—creating opportunities for you to connect with potential partners, suppliers and customers.  Opportunities include networking with other members and vendors by attending membership meetings, sponsoring future membership activities, helping design local training initiatives to help meet your business development needs, and having your company featured on tours with local IT students. Contact us today to indicate how the CAITC may be able to assist your organization with additional business services.

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