Technology evolves daily, and we are going to need so many more of those unique students who love to keep constantly learning to stay at the forefront of IT.
Dallas, TX (PRWeb) October 18, 2016 (PRWEB) October 18, 2016
DKBInnovative CEO Keith Barthold gave his first presentation to the combined National Academy Foundation IT departments from the Dallas Independent School District last week. DKBInnovative is a Dallas-based IT management and support company that specializes in the information technology challenges for healthcare, energy, and professional services industries. “I was thrilled to have the opportunity to present to and interact with the NAF faculty. Technology evolves daily, and we are going to need so many more of those unique students who love to keep constantly learning to stay at the forefront of IT,” said Barthold.
Founded in 1982, the NAF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to partner with existing school systems to implement small learning communities within traditional high schools. Their “academies” focus on STEM infused industry-specific curricula that includes finance, hospitality/tourism, information technology, engineering and health sciences. “The NAF’s work-based learning strategy affects the growing gap between supply and demand in the technology workforce,” Keith Barthold pointed out. “Cyber security, system networking and the explosion of mobile technology have become integral parts of our everyday lives now. Having a program in the schools that offers non-traditional learners an opportunity to excel in their strengths is already a factor in enhancing and protecting our businesses and our communities.”
Barthold gave his recommendations to the NAF teachers based on his years of being in the trenches with clients, pointng out that technology has evolved into being the key to overall productivity. He advised teachers to include an emphasis on soft skills like communication and emotional intelligence, practicing teamwork, learning the value of documentation, and being taught how to troubleshoot, problem-solve, and find and follow the logic of any situation. “Learning how to set, progress with and achieve goals has been huge in the success of DKBInnovative,” noted Barthold. “The goal itself is not the grade. Learning the discipline of how to track progress and how to keep following through is the lesson.”
The NAF reports that some 89,000 students across 36 states have attended their academies, with 98% of their seniors graduating and 92% of graduates going to college. For more information on the NAF, go to http://www.naf.org, and to learn more about DKBInnovative please visit http://www.dkbinnovative.com.
DKBInnovative is comprised of dedicated, passionate, and hard-working IT professionals committed to providing best-in-class IT services. Having served 60+ hospitals and hundreds of medical practices, plus dozens of energy and professional services firms, they partner with clients to navigate any and all IT needs including security, network, vendor selection and management, and comprehensive security including HIPAA compliance—with a focus on increased workforce productivity. Contact DKBInnovative at dkbinnovative.com or by phone at (429) 828-2468 for more information.
Keith Barthold, CEO
14785 Preston Road, Suite 550
Dallas, TX 75254