PQIC ACADEMY
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Together, we'll build a quantum-ready workforce in Greater Washington.

PQIC Academy's mission is to attract, develop, and retain diverse quantum talent across Greater Washington. In collaboration with our regional education partners, we will help prepare 10,000 women and people of color in our region to join the quantum workforce by 2030. Additionally, PQIC Academy will help inform 200 public sector and industry executives of the opportunities and challenges presented by the quantum transformation by 2023, leading to increased investment and workforce development. 

 

Across the program, we're focused on three key drivers of success: speed, scale, and inclusivity. 

Why PQIC Academy?

Quantum encompasses diverse fields such as computing, sensing, communications, and materials and will fundamentally change key industries (such as life sciences, energy and environment, transportation and space tech, and national security) and shape new ones, requiring a much-expanded workforce in the years ahead. As is true with any disruptive innovation, executives across key industry and public sector organizations lack sufficient knowledge of the coming quantum transformation and the implications for their missions, markets, workforces, and operations. Developing a quantum-ready workforce in the DMV requires focus on two often-overlooked areas in current quantum education and workforce discussions: early-stage educational preparedness and executive awareness. The time is now for an integrated regional program to increase the speed, scale, and inclusivity of talent production and leadership outreach to prepare our region for the quantum era. 

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We're focused on three key drivers across PQIC Academy. Learn about them, below

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Speed

Speed is critical to accelerate innovation and real-world solutions in Greater Washington and achieve our region's full potential of dynamic leadership and economic competitiveness in quantum.

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Scale

If Greater Washington is to coalesce and network the many institutions and talent assets in the region to create a thriving ecosystem supporting and enabling innovation and economic development and lowering the cost and risk associated with the move towards quantum, programs must be delivered at scale.

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Inclusivity

Inclusivity is at the core of PQIC's programs because it is key to achieving equitable regional growth and development. An inclusive workforce and equitable industry approach will drive more diversity of thought and innovation through quantum solutions that work for all communities.

About PQIC Academy

PQIC aims to have Greater Washington be recognized as a top 5 quantum-ready region in 5 years by talent pool. To accelerate a scalable and inclusive regional quantum talent pipeline, we will establish the PQIC Academy to expand the funnel of youth interested in pursuing quantum careers and a cadre of regional executives who are equipped with the knowledge and tools to prepare their organizations and workforces for the coming quantum transformation. PQIC Academy will collaborate with the K-14 community and regional business associations to develop mini-credentials for training courses and experiential learning experiences so that emerging talent and executives in the DMV can gain quantum skills and foundational knowledge to apply in the near future. In partnership with Credly, a digital credentials agency, the PQIC Academy will develop the DMV regional quantum talent pipeline through structured training programs along two tracks: Talent and Leadership. 

Talent

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The Program

K-12 work-based and experiential learning opportunities, as well as stackable quantum basics courses.

The Result

PQIC will help prepare 10,000 women and people of color in our region to join the quantum workforce by 2030.

How?

PQIC Academy will work with industry, academia, and non-profit partners to collate, develop, and share basic tutorials on quantum technology, applications, implications for society, and career pathways to grow the regional talent pipeline and equip youth with high-impact capabilities and skills desired by industry partners. PQIC will develop the K-12 offerings in close coordination with major regional public school districts and charter schools, with an emphasis on facilitating linkages and opportunities with industry partners. 

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Leadership

The Program

Quantum awareness courses targeted to industry and public sector executives.

The Result

PQIC Academy aims to help inform 200 public sector and industry executives of the opportunities and challenges presented by the quantum transformation by 2023, leading to increased investment and workforce development. 

How?

PQIC Academy will help raise awareness among key leaders to accelerate planning, investment, programming, and partnership timelines to better prepare organizations and workforces for these changes. PQIC will develop the executives offerings in close coordination with regional technology and business association partners such as the Maryland Tech Council. 

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