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Green High Performance Computing Educators' Conference
Tuesday, May 25, 2010  8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Holyoke Community College
Register by May 17.

Workshop on Educational Opportunities Associated with a Green High-Performance Computing Facility
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Documents & Handouts now posted


CITI Higher Ed Plans Conference and Professional Development

CITI is currently planning a state-wide conference for 2008. More information to follow. We will also host professional development workshops for the summer/fall of 2008. Send an email if you would like to be involved.

CITI Announces 2007 Grants

CITI is pleased to announce the 2007 round of K-12 and higher education grants totaling over $470,000. All of the grantees have proposed programs that push CITI goals forward into a new era of computing education.

The full text of the announcement is available here.

MassNetComms Technical Scholarship Program Application Now Available

The application for 2007 scholarships is now available.

"The goal of the fund is to recognize and reward students who demonstrate scholastic aptitude, leadership skills and technical achievements, and to encourage them in their pursuit of a technical degree from a Massachusetts university, college or technical school. With the scholarship, the MassNetComms is looking to entice recipients to remail in the Bay State after graduation."

More information is available here.

CITI Evaluator

Davis Square Research Associates has been selected as the CITI Evaluators for 2007/8. They will be contacting grantees shortly.

Joseph Goldstein to Present Distinguished Professor Lecture

CITI co-founder and current co-director Joseph Goldstein willbe the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer on February 5 in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center at UMass Amherst. The topic is "Extraterrestrial Metals: New Clues on Asteroids and the Early Solar System." For more information, visit the campus announcement here.

CITI to Co-Host IT Futures Forum

Building on the success of last year's IT Futures Forum, CITI will again be co-hosting the event with our partner BATEC on February 2 at the Staples headquarters in Framingham, MA. Workshops will include topics such as wireless security, unified communications, RFID, computer forensics, IT Hiring Panel, social media networking, Microsoft Vista and Office 2007, portable technologies, and becoming a MSDNAA site.

More information is available here and registration (free) is available here.

K-12 Briefing Follow Up

The Question and Answer from the K-12 briefing is now available. Please note that the RFPs have been updated. More materials are available on the K-12 Grants page.

New CITI RFPs Available

After completing the fall Listening Tour, including the October 27th Industry Summit, CITI is releasing three RFPs. The two K-12 RFPs cover middle school and high school. The higer education RFP encourages Innovation and Collaboration among public higher education institutions. The K-12 RFPs are here (middle) and here (high). The higher education RFP is available here. Please download the RFPs for information on individual briefing sessions. Please watch this space for updates to the RFP.

CITI to Launch Listening Tour

In order to get feedback on the goals and proposed programs for the 2006/7 year, CITI will be hosting a listening tour across the state. Sessions will be held:

September 28 from 3:30 - 5 pm - Central Massachusetts - Worcester State College - President's Dining Room (Student Center) - Directions - Map

October 5 from 3 - 5 pm - Western Massachusetts - University of Massachusetts Amherst - Campus Center, Rm. 811-15. Parking is in the Campus Center Parking Garage - Directions - Maps

October 10 from 3 - 5 pm - Northeast Massachusetts - University of Massachusetts Lowell - Olsen Hall (North Campus), Rm 212A- Parking is in lot #6 on the North Campus Map. Directions - Maps

October 12 from 3 - 5 pm - Southeast Massachusetts - Bridgewater State College - East Campus Commons (ECC) Rm. 112, Parking is in the Moakley Lot, diagonally across the street from ECC. - Directions - Maps

At each of these stops we'll be outlining our plans and engaging in discussion with attendees from both K-12 and higher education on strategic investments needed across the state. Refreshments will be served.


CITI to Host Industry Summit October 27th

On October 27th, CITI will be gathering key industry representatives from across the state in Waltham, MA to discuss workforce issues and gather input on the goals and programs for 2006/7. Speakers include University of Massachusetts President Jack Wilson, Mass Technology Leadership Council President Joyce Plotkin, State Senator Jack Wilson and State Representative Dan Bosley. To get more information on this event, email summit@citi.mass.edu.


CITI Receives New Funding

With the passing of the Economic Stimulus II package, CITI has received funding for a new year of programs. Many thanks to all of the legislators involved who have been so enthusiastic and supportive of our program, as well as our corporate friends who have been so helpful in pushing for continued CITI funding.

We will be spending the early fall gathering input from K-12, higher education and industry and hope to have RFPs for grants available in the late fall. Stay tuned for details.

Microsoft Announces State-Wide MSDN AA Program

On June 13, 2006 Microsoft gathered legislators, industry and educational organizations (including CITI) at the State House to announce their expansion of the MSDN AA program in Massachusetts to all higher education institutions and K-12 schools. This announcement continues CITI's emphasis on IT Across the Curriculum (ITAC), allowing these developer tools to be used throughout STEM education. CITI will be working with Microsoft in the coming months on implimentation of this throughout the state.

CITI K12 Showcase March 21

CITI's K12 Showcase will be held March 21 in Shrewsbury, MA. The event will provide an opportunity to see displays from our grantees and form interest groups. The showcase will be opened with comments by Patricia Plummer of the Board of Higher Education. More information is available here.

BATEC/CITI IT Futures Forum

The IT Futures Forum (co-hosted with BATEC) was a great success. We saw many new faces and had great dialogue on the theme of Multiple Entry/Multiple Opportunities. The Computer Science and Accreditation presentations are now available online. BATEC has the keynote address and presentations from most of the other sessions online here.

CITI K-12 Grants Announced

CITI is pleased to announce its latest round of K-12 grants for professional development for in-service teachers and course adaptations for pre-service teacher training. Read the full text of the announcement here.

Information from the K-12 RFP Briefing Now Available

The K-12 RFP briefing was held September 19, 2005 in Shrewsbury, MA. There was a great turnout of interested groups from all of the Pipeline regions. Streaming video of the briefing can be seen here (must have Real Player to view). The powerpoint used in the presentation is available here. Watch this space for future FAQs.

CITI To Host a Strand of the STEM Summit II

On October 17, 2005, CITI will host teams from across the state to take part in a Wingspread Conference entitled "Inventing the Next Phase: A T of STEM in our Schools". More information on the Wingspread conference can be found here. More information on the STEM Summit can be found here.

New K-12 RFP Available

The CITI Team has been working hard over the summer and the new K-12 RFP (also in PDF format) is now available. Electronic responses must be submitted by October 17 at 5 pm. An electronic submission form will be available in the K-12 section of our website. Documents to assist in the development plan are also available in the K-12 section.

A briefing session will be held on September 19th at 1 pm at the UMass Collaborative Service Center. Directions are available here. All attendees must RSVP to Alana Wiens at awiens@citi.mass.edu.


University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute to Join CITI Team

Starting July 1, 2005 the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute will be joining the CITI team. More information to follow.


CITI Announces 2005 Higher Education Grants

The Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative (CITI) is pleased to announce the 2005 Higher Education Grants. The applications received totaled over $500,000 in excellent programs pushing the frontiers of information technology education at community colleges, state colleges and the University of Massachusetts. Over $300,000 in grants will be distributed to 14 campuses across Massachusetts and the partnerships will cover all interested public campuses in the Commonwealth. [more]


Moving K-12 Information Technology Fluency to the Next Level

The Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative (CITI) is pleased to announce its first K-12 grants, totaling $200,000, to promote the integration of information technology across K-12 curricula. CITI is a public/private partnership to increase the number of “information technology-fluent” workers needed for Massachusetts’ knowledge-based economy. These grants were selected from many excellent proposals received under an open Request for Proposals issued in December 2004. CITI worked closely with the Board of Higher Education Regional PreK-12 Networks to identify partnerships to support intensive professional development for K-12 educators (teachers and/or administrators) on integrating information technology in academic curricula, and to replicate the Boston Area Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC) model (www.batec.org) in another region of the state. The four grants highlight exciting progress towards the CITI goals. Grants will be given in the Greater Boston (West), Central, Pioneer Valley and Berkshire regions.


New Database of IT Courses

CITI has posted a database of non-engineering IT-related courses at all public educational institutions, prepared by Peterfreund Associates, here.


Successful Winter Meeting

CITI had a successful Winter Meeting on January 19th. Presentations are available from the conference: CITI Bidders Session (PDF, PPT), Joyce Plotkin's keynote (PDF, PPT), and ITAC panel summary. Download the presentation (PPT) and proceedings (DOC) of the CIS Breakout Group.



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