By JOSHUA BENDER
Capital News Service
LANSING — A shortage of qualified information technology workers is hurting Michigan businesses, experts say. Information technology – often referred to as IT – encompasses computer programming and data management in industries as diverse as health care and auto manufacturing, said Chris Knapp, the information technology and media talent director for the state’s Workforce Development Agency. “IT is embedded in just about every industry and every kind of company out there,” Knapp said. In March 2016 there were 15,000 online job advertisements for openings in Michigan requiring math and computer skills, according to the Conference Board Help Wanted Online Database, a group collecting data on Internet job hunting statistics. These ads made up nearly a tenth of all online jobs ads for the state.
By Katie Winkler
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter
Various departments within Clinton County are in the process of upgrading technology and equipment to help provide better public service to residents and to become more efficient. “Each department is evaluated independently — the levels of technology vary from department to department,” County Administrator Ryan Wood said. “Funding decisions are made based on funding, long-term benefits, general office efficiency.”
Among these departments is the county sheriff’s office, which will be upgrading their in-car cameras, ticket printers, inmate classification system and mobile data systems.
All initiatives will go into effect in 2016. Before the station received the ticket printers years ago, tickets were hand-written. With the mobile data systems, which are essentially laptops, inside police cars, they are now able to have all information automatically recorded by swiping licenses.