Overview

Across industries, businesses are expecting the next generation of employees to have digital fluency: having a mastery of digital technology beyond the classroom, to solve real-life problems. However, education is currently not delivering the skills needed to go from college to careers. With 73 percent of new STEM jobs created from 2010 to 2020 projected to require a foundation in computer science (CS), a serious skills shortage is developing. The progress in education and the development of technology are out-of-sync in both methodology and rate of change. In response to this need, Tata Consultancy Services, an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, joined with STEMconnector to host a CS Roundtable on May 16, 2014, at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City. Events like this roundtable build a firm foundation for consensus, cross-sector partnerships and shared goals for access to STEM education and career opportunities for America’s youth. The roundtable built upon the success of the executive roundtable on CS education and careers held in Washington, DC on September 6, 2013. By furthering this conversation and documenting the best practices observed by organizations leading grassroots and on-the-ground efforts, TCS and STEMconnector continue to help build a blueprint for digital fluency. The focus of the May 16th roundtable was on how states and cities are advancing computer science education, what the industry is doing to advance computer skills and how we can identify, replicate and scale best practices resulting from these efforts. This white paper shares the insights and solutions that emerged from the roundtable discussion.

Digital Fluency
Across industries, businesses are expecting the next generation of employees to have digital fluency: having a mastery of digital technology beyond the classroom, to solve real-life problems.