Companies throughout the state and nation have teamed up to help South Carolina fill a looming hole in the workforce: information technology specialists. This does not mean engineers and computer technicians as we know them; instead, IT-savvy employees and managers are the workforce of the future.
Yet, national trends show there are not enough students getting the right training to fill that need.
Lonnie Emard, the head of the corporate and college consortium which is addressing this problem. The newly-named project is called IT-ology and it has been in the works for a few years. It is led by Blue Cross, Blue Shield of South Carolina and an array of partners– like IBM, VC3 and Spawar– who have spent millions of dollars in time and resources to build the idea and a new facility in downtown Columbia.
Emard, still with BCBS of South Carolina, is the executive director of IT-oLogy, the newly-renamed consortium. Their new training facility is across the hall from SCRN’s studios on Gervais Street in Columbia. He sat down for an interview with Ashley Byrd.