Oracle Academy Newsletter

February 2018

In This Issue:

The Top 10 Computer Science Skills that Boost non-Computer Science Careers

What do design, marketing, engineering, and data analysis have in common? They’re all careers where employers increasingly demand computer science skills.

Roughly two-thirds of the highest-paying and fastest-growing jobs in these fields now demand computer science skills, according to our new report, “Rebooting Jobs: How Computer Science Skills Spread in the Job Market.”

This is an outgrowth of the trend toward “hybrid jobs,” or roles that combine skill sets from different fields. A mobile app developer is a good example, demanding skills in programming, design, marketing, and UI/UX. These roles can be hard to fill, because few training programs teach all of these skills.

Only 18% of these jobs ask for a computer science degree, and that is another indication of how the job market is changing. Increasingly, the labor market is about specific skills rather than degrees or jobs. The roles we examined don’t require a comprehensive knowledge of computer science, just the specific abilities relevant to that job.

For example, the advent of big data has led to major changes in marketing, as companies try to target customers more precisely, measuring what’s working and what isn’t. That means having the skills to program databases, manipulate data, and explain it using data visualization.

The exact skills in demand depend on the field, but overall we identified a set of skills that had the fastest growth in demand since 2014, and those that commanded the biggest salary premium for workers who had them. In a wide range of careers, these computer science skills will serve you well.

Top Skills by Salary, 2014-16

Skill Growth
1. AngularJS 339%
2. Tableau 259%
3. Machine Learning 228%
4. Chef 219%
5. Data Vizualization 217%
6. Revit 196%
7. Puppet 196%
8. Marketo 185%
9. NoSQL 184%
10. Python 182%

Top Skills by Salary, 2014-16

Skill Salary
1. Machine Learning $111,802
2. Apache Hadoop $111,277
3. NoSQL $106,159
4. Chef $105,467
5. Puppet $104,376
6. Ruby $102,199
7. Python $101,903
8. Java $98,968
9. Software Engineering $98,064
10. R $97,526

There are a number of ways for workers to pick up these skills such as courses at community colleges, boot camps, online course providers. For those still in school, this reinforces the calls from many quarters to provide “computer science for all.” In some of the fields we examined, such as engineering, it’s common for students to take computer science courses, but it’s much less so in fields like design and marketing. Skipping those courses now could lock students out of potential careers—and higher salaries.

Read the full report here

Read the full report here or check out our curriculum to bring to your classroom.

Original Post from Burning Glass Technologies, November 14, 2017

Oracle Academy Collaborates with ICT Society of Karnataka, India, to Help Build an Empowered Workforce

Oracle Academy and the ICT Society (ICTS) of Karnataka have announced a three year collaboration to incorporate the Oracle Academy curriculum into the institution’s academic program. Through this relationship, the Government of Karnataka will provide relevant industry skills aimed at increasing the productivity and employability of the state’s working population.

Working with the ICTS, Oracle Academy is set to facilitate a 'train-the-trainer' course to ramp up skillsets of 120 faculty representatives in more than 60 colleges, over a period of three years. As part of this collaboration, these colleges will be able to leverage Oracle Academy resources in areas such as Java Foundations, Java Fundamentals, Java Programming, Database Foundations, Database Design and Programming with SQL, amongst others.

“Karnataka is an emerging hub for education and technology. We are delighted to work with the ICT Society of the State to meet the snowballing global demand for highly skilled, industry-ready professionals,” said Damian Haas, regional director, Oracle Academy, APAC. “With this collaboration, Oracle remains committed to creating a future-ready workforce and thereby, address the skills gap challenge.”

“Our single, most crucial aim is to equip the youth of Karnataka with the essential skills and internationally recognized qualifications that can ensure their employability. Oracle Academy offers a wide range of courses, self-study instructions, workshops, and resources that can prepare students to meet the increasing demands of the IT industry. We are excited to work with Oracle Academy to design a specialized curriculum that will help us achieve our objective of creating a globally competitive workforce in a dynamic world economy,” said Shri Priyank Kharge, Minister for ITBT and Tourism, Government of Karnataka.

Ethiopian Faculty Introduced to Java and Database Curriculum to Help Bridge Skills Gap

The Ethiopian Ministry of Education and Ethiopian Education and Research Network (EthERNet) seek to empower graduating students in Ethiopia with the right knowledge and skill sets to catch up with and meet the rising technology-driven economy. Together, they feel Oracle Academy can support this need with relevant teaching and learning resources and preparation for certification of its graduating students. In support of this commitment to universities and educators, the Ethiopian Ministry of Education and EthERNet collaborated with Oracle Academy to host its first Faculty Day in Addis Ababa for more than twenty-five public and private universities to introduce educators to Java and Database curriculum to help build the skills gap bridge in Ethiopia.

The event offered educators and IT directors presentations and discussions centered on the benefits and resources available through Oracle Academy as well as a curriculum mapping workshop. The mapping workshop focused on identifying the current ways Java and Database are being taught in the universities and developing an agreed upon framework on how Java and Database should be taught in the future leveraging Oracle Academy iLearning hosted curriculum as a guiding tool.

By the end of the day, we were pleased to welcome nine universities as Oracle Academy Institutional members. Educators were looking forward to adopting and delivering Oracle Academy curriculum and Oracle technologies to help deliver quality and comprehensive knowledge to students.

Learn more about our Java and Database curriculum resources available.

JavaOne4Kids: Four Years of Inspiring Next Generation Technologists

Oracle held the annual JavaOne4Kids event in San Francisco, California, welcoming 430 students, ages 10 – 16, to the Hilton San Francisco Union Square to introduce computer science education in a fun and engaging way. Our mission at JavaOne4Kids is to inspire the next generation of technologists.

The day started with an exciting two-part keynote. First, students heard from Oracle Women Leaders who were accompanied by and prompted to answer questions from their own children. This panel was introduced by Alison Derbenwick Miller, VP Oracle Academy, and included participation from Jenny Tsai-Smith, VP Oracle curriculum development, Shaloo Garg, Oracle, director strategy and enterprise innovation, and Sanela Hodzi, Oracle, senior director Oracle store, global sales operations. Second, students heard from Luminary Speaker, Oliver Kelly, who gave an exciting demonstration about his new Virtual Reality mobile game.

JavaOne4Kids provides a full day of learning opportunities for students. Each participant selects two sessions from a list of 16 workshops, including Oracle Academy’s Programming the Finch Robot in Greenfoot and the Oracle Academy Arcade featuring customized Getting Started with Java Using Alice and Solve IT with SQL workshops. Students enjoyed other workshops throughout the day including Hackergarten4Kids; Gotta Catch’em All! Raspberry Pi and Java Pokemon Training; Java Programming for Beginners Using Blue; and Simulating the Real World in Minecraft – The Minecraft Catapult.

JavaOne4Kids would not be a success without the support, dedication, and help from more than 50 volunteers from Oracle and the local community. These volunteers offered their time and expertise to conduct workshops, assist workshop facilitators, and register students for the event.

Oracle Academy is a proud sponsor of JavaOne4Kids – one of the largest computer science events for kids in North America.

Meet the Oracle Experts

Students from University of Puerto Rico and EDP University of San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, were invited to a three-day customized learning experience at the Oracle Puerto Rico campus with Oracle experts to dive deep into Oracle technology and solutions. In preparation for this Oracle Academy Knowledge Builder event, students’ skills were assessed to get an understanding of their skill sets.

Oracle experts then introduced the students to development tools—Oracle Jet and Oracle Cloud Application Environment—that would complement their Java skills and give them experience of building applications within Oracle’s environment as well as real industry relates case studies and innovations. Oracle JET is suitable for intermediate to advanced JavaScript developers working on client-side applications. This collection of open source JavaScript libraries, along with a set of Oracle contributed JavaScript libraries, make it simple and efficient to build applications that consume and interact with Oracle products and services, especially Oracle Cloud services.

After three days of working within these environments, the students received certificates of completion for successfully completing their projects within Oracle Jet.

A special thank you to the Oracle experts who supported this event.

Member Spotlight

We are turning the spotlight on our members who are making an impact with Oracle Academy.

The spotlight is on Oscar Elias Herrera Bedoya, Head of Information and Communication Technologies School, Dean of Systems Engineering and Telecommunications, Universidad Piloto de Colombia, Colombia.

The Universidad Piloto de Colombia (UPC) is a private university offering a wide range of degree courses with emphasis on science and technology. The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) School provides Computer Science training to undergraduates pursuing degrees in engineering and telecommunications.

Oscar Elias Herrera Bedoya, Head of ICT School and Dean of Systems Engineering and Telecommunications, is focused on launching well-trained engineers into the Colombian job market—where demand currently exceeds supply. For several years, Oracle Academy has played a key role in helping educators teach computer science at UPC.

Oracle Academy: In Colombia, what is the current situation for ICT careers?

Oscar: We have a curious paradox where there is surplus demand for ICT professionals that academia is incapable of fulfilling. The Ministry of Information Technology has made great efforts to increase ICT studies but still predicts a deficit between 8,000 - 15,000 graduates per year over the next five years. UPC is attempting to fill the enormous gap.

Oracle Academy: In what way does Oracle Academy support fulfilling this gap?

Oscar: Oracle Academy has trained more than 50 of our teaching staff in Database and Java technology and has helped 50 students graduate each year. For the teachers, it has been an enriching experience to work with a world leader in computer science. They not only gain knowledge of Oracle technology, but also learn new methodologies of teaching. Ultimately, they equip our graduates to play important roles in the country’s software development. Practically all of the students leave here with a guaranteed job; headhunters abound!

Oracle Academy: Are your teachers and students pursuing Oracle certification?

Oscar: Yes, many of our teachers and students are preparing for the Oracle Certified Junior Associate (OCJA) exams. Not only that, but we’ve also started a train-the trainer program whereby our teachers teach Oracle Academy content to secondary school teachers. The goal is to influence secondary school students to enroll in our ICT classes with the incentive that if they arrive with OCJA credentials in Java or Database, then they can skip the first two semesters and already have the credits. To do this we ensure that our own teachers are certified from the outset.

Oracle Academy: Do you teach the full Oracle Academy curriculum or adapt content to your various courses?

Oscar: Our curriculum for Systems Engineering and for Telecommunications embraces subjects such as computational science, math, software development, platforms and architecture, networking and security, and more. Since we are part of the national accreditation board, we must follow a structured curriculum in undergraduate studies. Therefore, we incorporate parts of Oracle Academy into our courses.

Oracle Academy: In what other ways do you foster careers in Computer Science?

Oscar: Outside of our structured courses, we have developed extracurricular activities for young kids, teenagers, and women. One of the pillars of Colombia’s education strategy is ‘Proyección Social’, meaning preparing youth for integrating with the nation’s society and culture. An example of this is the Hackathon we are organizing later this year to involve students in applying technology to solve community problems and challenges. Oracle Academy content will play a role in that competition.

We are giving our teachers and administrative staff’s kids experience in Oracle programming content via fun stuff such as Greenfoot to develop games and Alice to create animations. These efforts are aimed at encouraging software development careers down the line.

Here at our university, females account for 28 - 30% of ICT students. To encourage more young women to have interest in a computer science career, we are working with Oracle Academy to stage open days, seminars, social media campaigns, and more to boost our female student ranks.

Thank you Oscar for your dedication and making an impact on your students!

It’s time to turn the spotlight onto our members who are making an impact with the Oracle Academy. If you are interested in being featured or nominating another member for the spotlight, please contact us.

Program Spotlight

Become a part of the Oracle Academy Educator Online Community

We know that professional development needs are ongoing, and that the best teachers leverage communities of practice to support their classroom activities. That’s why we’re excited to announce the launch of our new Oracle Academy Educator Online Community. This online community—only available to Oracle Academy members who are teachers—provides educators the opportunity to share knowledge, best practices, and projects, as well as learn from other Oracle Academy educators around the world.

Being a member also will give you the opportunity to engage directly with Oracle Academy team members to learn, advise, and share your feedback about the Oracle Academy program and the resources we make available to you. We are happy to hear feedback and ideas for the program so we can continue to make it more valuable.

Becoming a community member is free and it’s easy. Simply go to the Oracle Academy Educator Online Community portal and follow our Getting Started Quick Guide to create your educator community profile.

Oracle Academy Advances Computer Science around the World

There’s a lot more going on with Oracle Academy.

Oracle Academy members and Coders in Action around the world are advancing computer science education to drive knowledge, develop skills and deliver innovative solutions in technology fields.

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