Westchester County Business Journal: IT jobs plateau despite jump in demand

While most of the county’s private-sector industries saw modest employment increases in 2011, a report from Pace found that the job market for information technology workers was unchanged last year.

From the Westchester County Business Journal:

Increased business does not always mean increased hiring – just ask Westchester County’s IT professionals.

While most of the county’s private-sector industries saw modest employment increases in 2011, a report from Pace University found that the job market for information technology workers was unchanged last year.
Owners of local technology and systems management firms said the problem is not a lack of work, noting that demand is higher than ever; rather, that there is a deficit of qualified workers.
“During 2011, the labor market for IT professionals remained relatively stable – up a few percentage points, down a few percentage points, but essentially steady,” said Farrokh Hormozi, economist at Pace University and lead researcher for the SkillProof IT Index.
The index is compiled on a quarterly basis by researchers at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University.
Finding employees who are the right fit “has been very challenging for us,” said Tara Meenan Lansen, president and CEO of Compufit Computer Corp. in White Plains.
James Oliverio, president of Another 9 L.L.C., a Tarrytown-based managed services provider, said the region’s small job market for IT professionals is partially the result of jobs being shipped overseas.
“It has a lot to do with outsourcing,” Oliverio said. “And those jobs are not coming back.”
As demand for tech support and management services has grown, so too has the number of companies in the region that specialize in the technology field, Oliverio said.
“There are hundreds of companies like us in the region,” he said. “I think about it all the time: Am I going to be leapfrogged?”
Both Lansen and Oliverio were quick to point out that their respective companies have both experienced a surge in business over the past year, particularly from firms that have opted to do away with their in-house technology support teams.
For companies that continue to manage their own servers, doing so “becomes very expensive and very challenging to manage,” Lansen said.
Contracting out systems management, on the other hand, “is more cost-effective for them and what they’re doing is they’re getting a whole company behind them,” she said.
Remote-managed services has been one of the biggest growth areas for Compufit, Lansen said. By performing regular “health checks” of a company’s network, Compufit and other IT servicers can help cut back on lost productivity hours that might result from a downed server or other routine issues.
“We can do real-time monitoring … it mitigates a lot of the downtime,” Lansen said.
At Another 9, technicians are often confronted with questions from clients ranging from cloud computing and managing the sheer volume of information to social networking and how to best integrate mobile devices, Oliverio said.
“Businesses are asking, ‘How do I keep myself ahead of the game?’ That’s why we’ve seen a lot of growth and that’s the future,” he said.
However, as more and more information is stored in the cloud and more technologies and resources – such as smart phones and tablet computers – become available, the security risks will continue to pose problems for both IT servicers and their clients.
“It’s a real fear and there are organizations that wrestle with it every day,” Oliverio said. “Security between now and the end of time is always going to be a challenge. More and more information is going online.”

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Westchester County Business Journal: Report forecasts growth in IT | Westfair Online

The Pace SkillProof IT Index is administered by Pace University faculty and tracks job openings in Westchester and New York City. A quarterly analysis of the job market for information technology professionals in Westchester showed little growth during the third quarter, but the report’s authors still see strong prospects for IT management.

From the Westchester County Business Journal:

“A quarterly analysis of the job market for information technology professionals in Westchester showed little growth during the third quarter, but the report’s authors still see strong prospects for IT management.

The Pace SkillProof IT Index is administered by Pace University faculty and tracks job openings in Westchester and New York City.

During the third quarter, the index registered 158 for Westchester, slightly above the second quarter’s rating of 156. However, it rose by more than 12 percent compared to the third quarter of 2010.

The index estimates that in 2008 there were 293,000 computer and information systems managers working in the U.S., a number that is projected to increase by 17 percent to 342,500 by 2018.

In Westchester, the demand for IT professionals has been boosted by a rapid increase in the number of Internet-based “cloud” applications and the popularity of social media among area companies, said Farrokh Z. Hormozi, one of the report’s authors and a professor at Pace’s White Plains campus.

With social media playing an increasing role in business and with some companies slow to adapt to the rapidly changing technology field, Hormozi said he sees a wealth of opportunities within the IT management sector.

He said much of the demand would likely come from the financial sector. Additionally, he said it would shift from technology development to support as companies start to use applications already on the market.

“The data indicates that the demand is moving toward providing assistance or providing teaching opportunities,” Hormozi said.

Nationally, almost 20 percent of all newly created jobs are in the IT management field, according to the report, with the unemployment rate for the IT field sitting below 5 percent.”

 

Report forecasts growth in IT | Westfair Online.

NEWS SOURCE for GAO report on U.S. “Cyber infrastructure at risk”

An expert concerned about the GAO’s findings and the current level of risk to the nation’s cyber infrastructure is Darren Hayes, a leading expert in the field of computer forensics and security and a professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York.

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

An October report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that only two of the 24 recommendations have been fully implemented that were made to President Obama last spring in a review report he ordered about combatting “pervasive computer-based (cyber) attacks against the United States” with “potentially devastating impacts.”

An expert available to comment on the GAO’s findings and the current level of risk to the nation’s cyber infrastructure is Darren Hayes, a leading expert in the field of computer forensics and security and a professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York.

He says: “We will remain vulnerable in the short-term.” Among his other views:

People: “It is understandable that some of the President’s initiatives have not been carried out because they are long-term in nature. For instance, we are lacking in the number of professionals. The U.S. does not have enough students graduating with IT degrees. Foreign-born nationals studying in the U.S. are denied jobs in IT, including security. And most IT security government and government contractor jobs are only open to U.S. citizens.”

Diplomacy:“International cooperation is essential because many of the attacks come from abroad, especially from hackers. These include ‘bot herders’ from countries like Russia, Ukraine and Israel. But international agreements and the disparity between the U.S. and international legislation are problematic and will require negotiations that also are long-term. We will remain vulnerable in the short-term.”

Expertise: “I am concerned that the President’s efforts will simply be a government initiative without embracing input from corporations and academia. I am also concerned that the focus will just be on security without proper input from incident handlers, like computer forensics examiners, who have a different skill set and have the potential to provide vital feedback about the types of incidents and trends that they are encountering.”

The banking system: “Security breaches, identity theft or financial fraud can all be fixed, but an attack on the infrastructure of the banking system or utilities would be a lot more damaging. If the banking system is attacked or infiltrated, people will lose trust, and the consequences would be a lot more serious.”

Phone: (212) 346-1005; e-mail: dhayes@pace.edu .

BACKGROUND: Professor Hayes has special sensitivities to security: he began a 10-year career in the financial services industry in 1990 with Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. At Pace he manages the computer forensics laboratory, conducting research with computer science and information systems students. Much of this research has been published through Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). A training consultant in Computer Forensics, he has cultivated partnerships in security areas with agencies including the United Nations, the New York City Police Department and the city departments of Education and Parks and Recreation.

NEWS RELEASE: IT Job Market Maintains its Momentum in Manhattan and Remains Robust in Westchester New Pace Report Shows

The information technology job market continued to gather momentum in Manhattan and remained robust in Westchester County, according to the third quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report (PSII), out today.

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Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

NEW YORK, NY, October 13, 2010 – The information technology job market continued to gather momentum in Manhattan and remained robust in Westchester County, according to the third quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report (PSII), out today.

The index for Manhattan gained another 9 percent over an exceptionally strong second quarter, rising from 110 to 119. “Although the increase is relatively modest, it validates our belief that the recession for IT professionals has ended,” the researchers write. “It is also worth noting that the IT labor market increased substantially over the 3rd quarter of 2009 when it registered 43, an increase of 278 percent!”

The Westchester IT job market appeared to be an anomaly in the third quarter of 2010. Although overall growth declined by 9 percent during the previous three months, ten of the eleven categories that comprise the index exhibited positive growth in the third quarter.

The PSII is a composite index produced by Pace using data from the SkillPROOF company that provides a snapshot of IT job openings at major firms in separate reports for Manhattan and Westchester County. The 11 standard IT job categories are those defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Positive signs

Another positive characteristic of the past quarter in Manhattan was that of the eleven standard categories of the index, all but one showed gains, ranging from 32 percent for Computer Scientists, Research to approximately one percent for Other Computer Specialists. In the year-to-year data for Manhattan, nine of the eleven categories of the IT industry had substantial gains, led by Software Engineers, Applications at 303 percent, while two had declines, led by Network Administrators with a decrease of 44 percent. Quarterly comparisons, however, were less dramatic. Of the eleven categories, ten advanced and only one declined. Among the winners, Computer Scientists, Research increased by 31 percent followed by Software Engineers, Applications by 22 percent. Network and Computer Administrators, the only sector that showed declining demand during the second quarter, fell faster and farther in the third quarter, making this sector the poorest performer of the year.

In Westchester, the category of Computer Scientists, Research, which has led the market since the index began gathering data in 2004, dropped by 14 percent. Still, its previous surges mean that on an annual basis the category registered an increase of 224 percent. On the positive side, demand for Systems Analysts increased by more than 400 percent this quarter, followed by IT Managers at 240 percent.

“By many accounts, the recession is over,” said Tom Murphy (MS/CS ’11), VP of IT Infrastructure/UNIX Engineering at Millennium Partners, LP, in a sidebar of the report. “The Dow Jones Industrial Average is about 1300 points higher than a year ago, and, as businesses feel more secure, they will increase hiring. International Data Corporation (IDC) indicated a 5.8% growth rate in IT spending through the end of the year, with government, banking, and manufacturing taking the lead. This should translate into increased employment opportunities in the region.”

Murphy added: “New technological trends create new career opportunities. Indeed.com lists virtualization and cloud computing among its top IT job trends. This year, Gartner reported that 39% of 1587 companies surveyed now allocate resources to cloud computing, with 46% of them planning on increasing their budget next year. For IT professionals this translates specifically into jobs for programmers and systems engineers.”

The reports are available at http://www.pace.edu/pace/seidenberg/features-special-events/paceskillproof-it-index/

The Index partners. The PSII was developed and is calculated by Farrokh Hormozi, a professor of economics and public administration in Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and chair of its department of public administration. The index is based on labor market data showing actual, listed openings that is provided by Henning Seip of SkillPROOF, Inc. The index is produced under the auspices of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.seidenberg.pace.edu

For 104 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

SkillPROOF Inc. is a technology firm specializing in job market research. Headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, since 2003 it has tracked and analyzed job openings from brand name employers in the United States, using proprietary Internet technology. www.skillproof.com

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Professor Jean Coppola’s Class Featured in Investor’s Business Daily

Associate professor of computer science and information systems at Pace University in New York City was quoted in an Investor’s Business Daily article.

Read about Professor Jean Coppola’s class in Investor’s Business Daily, a national newspaper:

The great majority of Americans surf the Internet, including 70% of the 50-to-64 age group, says the Pew Research Center.

But one age demographic still lags. Only 38% of the 65-and-over crowd go online.

That can change, says Jean Coppola, associate professor of computer science and information systems at Pace University in New York City. Computer use has huge benefits for older users, she says.

“It helps them cognitively. It keeps them mentally stimulated. It’s a brain exercise,” said Coppola, who teaches “Intergenerational Computing” at the school.

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/545351/201008271840/Granny-Can-Get-Her-Internet-Game-On.htm

Every week undergraduate students team up one-on-one with what some feel are their adopted grandparents through an intergenerational computing program.  Students’ along with seniors’ attitudes change toward each other with serendipitous strong bonds developing during this service-learning experience.

Largest Quarterly Gain Since 2004 in Manhattan IT Job Market and Dramatic Growth in Westchester County, New Pace U. Report Shows

The information technology job market showed remarkable strength in Manhattan and an impressive increase in Westchester County, according to the second quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report (PSII), out today.

New York, NY – July 22, 2010 – The information technology job market showed remarkable strength in Manhattan and an impressive increase in Westchester County, according to the second quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report (PSII), out today.

The index for Manhattan surged from 74 to 110, a 47 percent increase which was the largest quarterly gain since the data were first gathered in 2004. “The increase is particularly reassuring because it follows three consecutive quarters of an improving job market, indicating an enduring recovery for Manhattan IT professionals,” the researchers write.

The 24 percent rise in the index reported for Westchester County during the 1st quarter of 2010 was surpassed by an even more impressive increase during the 2nd quarter. The PSII currently stands at 156, up from 106, representing a robust increase of 50 percent for Westchester.

The PSII is a composite index produced by Pace using data from the SkillPROOF company that provides a snapshot of IT job openings at major firms in separate reports for Manhattan and Westchester County. The 11 standard IT job categories are those defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The largest contributors to overall growth in Manhattan were IT Managers, at 61 percent, followed closely by Network and Data Communications Analysts, at 60 percent. Categories showing smaller gains include Database Administrators, at 14 percent, and Network Administrators, at a 16 percent increase.

In Westchester, although growth was uneven among the 11 standard IT job categories, the leading occupation was once again Computer Scientists, Research, which increased by more than 53 percent. Following people in that category were Network Administrators at 39 percent and IT Managers at 36 percent. Other categories did not fare as well. Two declined and five remained flat. The poorest showing in the second quarter was in the market for Software Engineers, Systems, which declined by over 40 percent.

“In recent years, technical innovation has helped many companies reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and exploit new revenue opportunities,” said Louis A. Trebino, Jr., Senior VP & CIO, The Harry Fox Agency, Inc., in a sidebar of the report. “Indeed, technological innovation has been a key driver to survival during these turbulent times.

“As companies begin to rebound from the recession, IT employment opportunities are likely to increase. Leveraging this innovation and ongoing capitalization of growth opportunities ensures the continuous need for seasoned IT professionals, particularly IT managers.

“In addition, a growing trend is the need for business-savvy technologists who can readily demonstrate the value of IT as a strategic business enabler. This further solidifies the growing demand for IT professionals in what is otherwise a less than favorable employment environment.”

The reports are available at http://www.pace.edu/pace/seidenberg/features-special-events/paceskillproof-it-index/

The Index partners. The PSII was developed and is calculated by Farrokh Hormozi, a professor of economics and public administration in Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. It is based on labor market data showing actual, listed openings that is provided by Henning Seip of SkillPROOF, Inc. The index is produced under the auspices of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.www.seidenberg.pace.edu

For 104 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.www.pace.edu

SkillPROOF Inc. is a technology firm specializing in job market research. Headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, since 2003 it has tracked and analyzed job openings from brand name employers in the United States, using proprietary Internet technology. www.skillproof.com

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Pace Report: IT Job Market Remains Robust in Manhattan, Maintained Positive Momentum in Westchester

Job postings for IT professionals showed dramatic growth in Manhattan and increased significantly in Westchester County, according to the first quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report (PSII), out today.

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Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY JOB MARKET REMAINS ROBUST IN MANHATTAN AND MAINTAINED POSITIVE MOMENTUM IN WESTCHESTER, NEW PACE U. REPORT FINDS

New York, NY – April 16, 2010 – Job postings for IT professionals showed dramatic growth in Manhattan and increased significantly in Westchester County, according to the first quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report (PSII), out today.

“The dramatic growth of the IT industry in Manhattan is a significant sign of overall economic recovery,” the researchers write. “All indicators point to this reversal. Consumer spending and confidence are up, as is the hotel occupancy rate. As pointed out in last quarter’s PSII, employment is a lagging indicator. Employers are always cautious in responding to improved market signs as they want to be sure that the recovery is secure before hiring. That sense of confidence was reached this quarter.

“The gain in Westchester was part and parcel of improving national economic news,” they write. “Although the 160,000 new jobs created in March did not alter the unemployment rate, the increase still can be interpreted positively: As the economy shows signs of sprouting ‘green shoots,’ those who have been sitting on the sidelines during the period of rising unemployment have gained a sense of optimism and are renewing their job searches, thereby offsetting the gains in job creation.”

The PSII is a composite index produced by Pace using data from the SkillPROOF company that provides a snapshot of IT job openings at major firms in separate reports for Manhattan and Westchester County. The 11 standard IT job categories are those defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The 1st quarter index of job openings in Manhattan jumped by 11 points, or over 18 percent, from 63 to 74. This level has not been seen since the 2nd quarter of 2008, when the Great Recession began. This went hand in hand with nationwide gains in hard-hit sectors like manufacturing and construction, as well as with the 162,000 increase in employment reported in March. In Manhattan, the overall 18 percent growth of the PSII was led by a 60 percent increase in demand for Systems Analysts, followed by a greater than 30 percent increase for Computer Programmers. The category of Other Computer Specialists was also up by over 24 percent, a further indication of recovery. Although nine of the 11 IT job market categories showed positive gains, the news was less promising for the remaining two. Demand for Computer Support professionals declined by nearly one percent and that for Database Administrators by over half of one percent.

In Westchester, the PSII increased by more than 24 percent, from 85 to 106, a significant increase. The index went above 100 for the first time since the 3rd quarter of 2008. The Westchester IT job market has maintained positive momentum. After resisting improved economic news during the first two quarters of 2009, it gathered strength during the last two. In the IT sector, the 25 percent growth in the PSII is quite impressive; however, it should be noted that it comes primarily from only two sectors. These are Computer Scientists, Research, registering a 29 percent gain, and Computer Programmers, rising by 19 percent. Software Engineers also showed improvement, ranking a distant 3rd with a 6 percent increase. The remaining categories remained flat or declined. The greatest decline in the Westchester job market was for Computer Support Specialists.

“Business and consumer confidence, market activity, and job creation all increased during the 1st quarter, said Kamal Shah, Vice President of Oppenheimer Funds. “This improved outlook is prompting businesses to gear up and develop new strategies to make themselves more responsive to market changes, and client and shareholder needs with better reporting and information.

“The improved economy also has a direct impact on hiring as the year of retooling has begun. Social media, collaboration, and cloud computing are driving the dissemination of information at ever increasing speeds. This will result in increased demand for network administrators, database architects, and those with knowledge of Web 2.0/3.0 and strong collaboration skills in order to generate better information for better decision-making.”

The reports are available at http://www.pace.edu/pace/seidenberg/features-special-events/paceskillproof-it-index/

The Index partners. The PSII was developed and is calculated by Farrokh Hormozi, a professor of economics and public administration in Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. It is based on labor market data showing actual, listed openings that is provided by Henning Seip of SkillPROOF, Inc. The index is produced under the auspices of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.seidenberg.pace.edu

For 104 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

SkillPROOF Inc. is a technology firm specializing in job market research. Headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, since 2003 it has tracked and analyzed job openings from brand name employers in the United States, using proprietary Internet technology. www.skillproof.com

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High School Students to Compete in FIRST Tech Challenge at Pace with Robots they Designed and Built

The Hudson Valley FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics event for high school students will be hosted by the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University this Sunday. This is the first time this popular, growing competition is being held in the lower Hudson Valley.

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Cara Cea, Manager of Public Information, Pace University, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

Note: Photos of robotics competitions are available at www.USFIRST.org

PACE UNIVERSITY TO HOST F.I.R.S.T. TECH CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Blue and red robots will battle for control of balls to score in three goals

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, February 19, 2010 – The Hudson Valley FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics event for high school students will be hosted by the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University this Sunday. This is the first time this popular, growing competition is being held in the lower Hudson Valley.

In this program, students between 14 and 18 years old design, build and program robots using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT system, then use them to meet a challenge. This year’s challenge is a game called “HotShot!”

The game is played by four robots at a time on a 12 foot by 12 foot field. Robots form red and blue teams. Teams start on opposite sides of the field in spots designated by color coded squares, aiming for goal areas on and off the field. There are tall dispensers full of balls at each corner of the field with a board beneath each dispenser, angled toward the center of the field, making the balls roll in different directions. The robots try to score under the direction of the student teams.

A video of the HotShot game challenge kick-off can be viewed at www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/content.aspx?id=962&terms=HOT+SHOT

Date: Sunday, February 21, 2010

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Pace University, Pleasantville, Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health and Fitness Center, 861 Bedford Rd., entrance 3.

This event is free and open to the public. Media admission by press pass.

High School students from the following areas will compete at Pace on Sunday:

Pleasantville, NY

Gouverneur, NY

Haymarket, VA

Newark, DE

Westport, CT

Bridgewater, NJ

Staten Island, NY

East Brunswick, NJ

Hingham, MA

Yonkers, NY

Coatesville, PA

Edison, NJ

Hewlett, NY

Chatham, NJ

Ft. Washington, PA

Lexington, MA

New York, NY

Suffern, NY

Teams of up to 10 students design, build, and program robots to compete in this sports-like event. Awards are given for competition as well as for research, community outreach and design. Teams typically compete in one or more regional tournaments and the best teams go on to the world championship held in Atlanta in April. Up to 48 teams compete at each event.

Pace hosted the regional FIRST LEGO League tournament for middle school aged children in grades 4-8 for several years. This is the first time Pace will host the FIRST tech challenge.

FTC is the newest and fastest-growing FIRST tournament. Last year, more than 1,000 teams participated nationwide. Participation is expected to be even greater this year.

There are scholarship opportunities for students who participate in FIRST, including one offered by Pace for those interested in studying computing in the Seidenberg school. For additional information regarding FIRST, FTC, and scholarship opportunities, visit: www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/ or http://seidenberg.pace.edu/FIRST/.

For more information about Sunday’s tournament, go to www.seidenberg.pace.edu/FIRST/ or contact Bernice Houle at bhoule@pace.edu or Richard Kline at rkline@pace.edu.

About FIRST®

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, an entrepreneur and inventor who is best-known for inventing the Segway Scooter. The organization was established “to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership” with the hope that they will be motivated to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

FIRST competitions include the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) for 6 to 9-year-olds. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.

About Pace University

For 104 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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New Pace University Report: Job Postings for IT Professionals Jumped Dramatically in Manhattan, Westchester

Job postings for IT professionals increased dramatically in Manhattan and showed surprising strength in Westchester County, according to the fourth quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report (PSII), out today.

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Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY JOB MARKET SHOWS DRAMATIC INCREASE IN MANHATTAN AND SURPRISING STRENGTH IN WESTCHESTER, NEW PACE U. REPORT FINDS

New York, NY – January 21, 2010 – Job postings for IT professionals increased dramatically in Manhattan and showed surprising strength in Westchester County, according to the fourth quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report (PSII), out today.

“Our cautious optimism for the 4th quarter was on target,” the researchers write about Manhattan. “As the overall US labor market shed an additional 85,000 jobs in December despite a 4,000 job gain in November, the Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index registered a dramatic 47 percent increase, jumping from 43 to 63. After dropping steadily for the past few years, this increase is certainly a promising indicator.”

The index also jumped dramatically in Westchester County, from 43 to 85, nearly doubling its value. The report says that in the US, “monthly unemployment numbers dropped in November for the first time since the recession began two years ago but failed to hold up in December. However, the local Westchester job market, and the IT job market in particular, fared far better than that of the nation as a whole.”

The PSII is a composite index produced by Pace using data from the SkillPROOF company that provides a snapshot of IT job openings at major firms in separate reports for Manhattan and Westchester County. The 11 standard IT job categories are those defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Manhattan, the phenomenal increase was widespread across the 11 job categories with the exception of Network and Computer Administrators, the only sector that declined. The most active sector was Software Engineers, Applications, with a 102 percent increase over the 3rd quarter, followed by Systems Analysts with 56 percent and Computer Support with 49 percent.

In Westchester, although the index increased impressively, the increase did not distribute itself evenly throughout all 11 industry categories. Only five showed signs of improvement while one remained flat and five declined slightly. On the positive side, the phenomenal improvement was primarily the result of strong demand in two job categories, Computer Programmers and Computer Scientists, Research. For the former, job postings increased by over 130 percent; for the latter by 110 percent. Of the remaining categories, the index showed improvement in demand for Software Engineers, Applications; IT Managers; and Systems Analysts. The greatest decline in demand was for Network Administrators.

“Technology can help cut costs during a downtrend and drive a business during a recovery,” said Sunil M. Verma, PhD, VP Information Technology, Macy*s, and Chief Information Officer, CIOs Without Borders. “During the last year we’ve seen non-IT companies increasingly turn to technology to streamline their operations.

“In the 4th quarter there also seemed to be resurgence in IT investing to drive market share increases. Cloud computing appears to be keeping the demand for database experts and Web developers strong; recognition of the power of social media and internal knowledge sharing has resulted in increased budgets in corporate marketing and communications departments; and the demand for developers with portal or smart phone application experience is high. “It is still a buyers’ market and companies are looking for innovative IT professionals with technical skills, communication abilities and a willingness to learn the business.”

The reports are available at http://www.pace.edu/pace/seidenberg/features-special-events/paceskillproof-it-index/

The Index partners. The PSII was developed and is calculated by Farrokh Hormozi, a professor of economics and public administration in Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. It is based on labor market data showing actual, listed openings that is provided by Henning Seip of SkillPROOF, Inc. The index is produced under the auspices of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.seidenberg.pace.edu

For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

SkillPROOF Inc. is a technology firm specializing in job market research. Headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, since 2003 it has tracked and analyzed job openings from brand name employers in the United States, using proprietary Internet technology. www.skillproof.com

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Pace Students Help Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Present Their “Interests, Desires, Dreams”

“Dreams and desires” of adults with intellectual disabilities to be unwrapped Thursday morning, Dec. 17, helped by computers and collegians. IPhones, PowerPoint, and individual attention from Pace University computing students provide gifts for AHRC-NYC service recipients.

MEDIA ADVISORY — December 16, 2009

Contacts: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu James Lawler, D.P.S., Professor, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University, 212-346-1013, jlawler@pace.edu Shirley Berenstein, public information, AHRC New York, 212-780-2500, Shirley.Berenstein@ahrcnyc.org

COMPETENCE FOR CHRISTMAS

“Dreams and desires” of adults with intellectual disabilities to be unwrapped Thursday morning, Dec. 17, helped by computers and collegians

IPhones, PowerPoint, and individual attention from Pace University computing students provide gifts for AHRC-NYC service recipients

WHO: Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, presenting their “interests, desires and dreams” using abilities unlocked with the help of iPhones, tablet computers, PowerPoint, and Pace University students

James P. Lawler, Professor of Information Technology at Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Members of the Curriculum Team of AHRC’s Department of Adult Day Services

WHEN AND WHERE: Thursday, December 17, 2009, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM. AHRC-New York City, 83 Maiden Lane (off William Street), 13th Floor, NY, NY

WHAT: The adults, most in their 20’s and 30’s, are service recipients of the AHRC-NYC organization. This is the fifth semester Pace students in a course on “Community Empowerment through Information Systems and Technologies” have worked with AHRC-NYC, each student spending a minimum of 50 “community service-learning” hours in one of four centers. A year ago course members began working one-on-one with recipients to explore “assistive” and “augmentative” uses of IT.

The process is enabling people with intellectual disabilities to have their own voice in decisions about their lives that historically were made for them by their parents and caregivers.

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Animations by a client who used to consistently draw the same Yu-Gi-Oh-like figures and now is turning them into stories. Observations about lives and families from clients who have found that cameras and PowerPoint let them express abstract concepts and use family photographs and videos. New public speaking skills from people encouraged by IT.

“GIFT OF GIVING”: Pace student reflections (students will be available) “…this class opens a door to a world that maybe people haven’t been exposed to—and they leave a better person.” — Tom Ostrowsisi.

“I was … definitely going to drop the class. [Now] I have taken every lesson learned here and am planning to take it with me on my endeavors through life.” — Muhammad Hussain

“Active participants in the gift of giving opportunity to others … receive the gift of hope, determination, and self-acceptance. I did.” — Karey Hall

WEB SITES: AHRC NYC http://www.ahrcnyc.org, Pace University http://www.pace.edu