Year 1 IMPACT
In February of 2020, the Future of Work Initiative, powered by Microsoft, held an AI summit. The keynote event was a conversation between Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Jacky Wright, Microsoft's Chief Digital Officer. Jacky encouraged us to not only think about how businesses can prepare for the data economy, but we must also “think about the impact they are having on our society and our communities." And so, when the city officially imposed COVID-19 restrictions a couple of months later, the Future of Work Initiative realized a need to focus its gaze on the community during this time of uncertainty. Get the full event recap here.
SO WHERE DOES THE FUTURE OF WORK INITIATIVE FIT IN?
The Future of Work Initiative has been instrumental in helping us directly engage industry for feedback on our curriculum. This feedback will help us build stronger degree programs to train tech workers in Louisville and the surrounding area.
- Dr. Rob Kelley, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Bellarmine University
The Future of Work Initiative has provided an opportunity to connect industry with community and really give back in a meaningful way.
- Katie Giles, Director, Talent Management, Humana
The Future of Work means being able to take the software engineering and data science skills that I learned in undergrad and applying them to real-world problems.
- Eura S., Future of Work AI Engineering Intern
Here at the Future of Work Initiative, we are dedicated to preparing the Louisville community for the data economy.
people indicated interest in learning a new tech skill
badges & certificates earned
30-Day Upskilling Challenge
Future of Work launched the COVID-19 Upskilling Initiative, encouraging residents across the Greater Louisville area an opportunity to gain new technical skills and expand their career horizons while they were stuck inside for quarantine.
The initiative kicked off with the 30-Day Upskilling Challenge, which initially ran from April 20th to May 18th, in which interested participants could enter in a daily laptop raffle by participating in various sponsored digital credentialing programs such as Microsoft Learn, General Assembly, Google Analytics Academy, and IBM Cognitive Class.
FUTURE of WORK INITIATIVE RAFFLED A TOTAL OF 20 LAPTOPS
I hope funding continues for the timely efforts of the Future of Work Initiative.
- Domonique Churchill, laptop winner
An initial survey was sent out to identify those with an interest in committing at least a few hours a week towards learning new skills.
were female, non-binary, or gender non-conforming
self-identified as minorities
highest degree earned is a high school diploma
Out of all of the survey participants, the top 5 industries show us that it's not just tech professionals who are interested in upskilling in the field of technology. Technology professionals made up only 12% of those who want to learn a new technology skill. In addition to the community-wide interest, over 75% of survey participants would spend at least 3 hours per week attending virtual classes and completing exercises.
Top Industries Represented
A TOTAL OF 131 PARTICIPANTS COMPLETED BADGES/CERTIFICATES
The 30-Day Upskilling Challenge proved that a wide variety of people in the Louisville community are interested in learning about technologies. Many people followed through with the courses as well. The students took courses in Microsoft Apps, Data Science/Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Software Engineering, Digital Marketing, and User Interface/User Experience.
As the relevance of technology continues to increase in businesses, the expectation of employees to know technologies will as well. Cultivating a community that is technologically advanced helps further grow the local economy for both businesses and individuals.
PROFILE OF THOSE WHO COMPLETED COURSES
self-identified as minorities
highest education level was less than a Bachelor's degree
In addition to the demographic data collected, information was collected about the environments in which students would prefer to learn. 90% of students indicated that they would be interested in learning in a gender-based cohort, and 41% of students indicated they would be interested in learning in a minority-based cohort.
COVID-19 Upskilling Initiative Continued
Following the 30-Day Upskilling Challenge, the Future of Work Initiative continued to welcome new students. Depending on their eligibility, some students are even given a stipend to assist relieve any burdens related to COVID-19.