"...CITI will now continue in its mission to promote IT fluency through teaching and learning activities that prepare students to participate successfully in Massachusetts' 'knowledge economy.'"
Initially launched in 2000 and led by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, CITI brought together community colleges, state colleges, and the University campuses together with industry leaders to strengthen and modernize computer science and information technology programs at public postsecondary institutions across the Commonwealth. Through funding by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE), CITI helped develop a number of promising courses, programs, and partnerships that continue to this day. These include the innovative "IT Across the Curriculum" model that has been implemented in different ways at multiple campuses, and the Boston Area Advanced Technological Education Center (BATEC) model of a regional IT workforce development partnership. Unfortunately, as with many other worthy initiatives, state funds for CITI were cut during the 2001 fiscal crisis.
In 2004, as a result of CITI’s strong initial outcomes, CITI received an infusion of funds from the private sector and the BHE to continue its work in the area of promoting information technology across the curriculum at both the K-12 and higher education levels. With this funding CITI will now continue in its mission to promote IT fluency through teaching and learning activities that prepare students to participate successfully in Massachusetts' “knowledge economy”.
The 2005 grants focused on educator development at the K-12 level and Information Technology Across the Curriculum (ITAC) programs at the higher education level.
In the summer of 2006, CITI received a further round of funding from the Economic Stimulus Bill II to continue operations. In March of 2007 we announced a new round of K-12 and Higher Education funding.
We are currently working with the Massachusetts legislature to secure a new round of funding for 2007-2008.