Kelli Lane, ALET’s Vice President for Professional Learning, announced today that ALET will soon be offering new training opportunities for school system technical staff. “Over the past year, we have established certification programs for Technology Directors (AL-CTO) and for Technology Coaches (AL-TIC). Now we are addressing one our school systems’ greatest needs – technical training.”
Mrs. Lane went on to explain that many Alabama systems simply do not have a full technical team. In these situations, just one or two people end up wearing “all the hats.” If these staffers have an education background, and not a technical one, this can be particularly concerning when it comes to designing networks and protecting data. In other situations, some rural systems find that they have few qualified candidates to fill these highly technical positions. Even in urban areas, school systems sometimes find they cannot compete with private sector salaries.
“Technology changes at such a fast pace and high-level training is beyond the budget of most school systems. We are happy that among our members there are many very talented network engineers. With their help, ALET is making a “leadership move” to begin offering training opportunities for all ALET member school systems in the state.”
All ALET member Technology Directors were informed about the new offerings today via email.