With a whirlwind of news constantly inundating our lives, it can be tricky to catch all that you need to know. That’s especially true for the technology education space, a news topic we pay special attention to. A lot has happened in the first half of 2019. Here are five stories in technology education that you should know:

1. Ginni Rometty, CEO at IBM, announced her plans to go before Congress to discuss reforming the Higher Education Act (HEA). With automation and artificial intelligence disrupting many industries, she believes that the future of work depends on providing people greater access to technology education and lifelong learning. Read more at Fortune.

2. The unemployment rate for U.S. tech workers hit the lowest number ever recorded! According to Fortune, as of May 2019, the unemployment rate for U.S. tech workers is 1.3%. Read more.

3. The University of San Diego and Thinkful announced a partnership. USD students can now enroll in Thinkful’s Full Stack Flex course to learn software development fundamentals like JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. Together, Thinkful and USD hope to train “a new generation of web developers, software engineers and data scientists who can meet the demands of the rapidly growing tech community” in San Diego. Read more at Campus Technology.

4. USA Today announced the highest paid tech jobs for recent graduates in 2019. Many recent college graduates are making six figures in the tech industry, but this specific group (Generation Z) is looking for more than just money – they want a work culture that can set them up for long-term success. Read more.

5. Business leaders, policy makers, and researchers convened at the MIT Media Lab to discuss how to handle the mass layoffs caused by technology advancements and automation. Forbes highlights various recommendations from thought leaders including the creation of a global automation observatory. Read more.

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