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Application Period Opens for IT Leadership Academy

ITLA is the flagship career development program that the California Department of Technology offers to state and local government technologists.

The California Department of Technology (CDT) is accepting applications for its Information Technology Leadership Academy (ITLA), a program designed for technologists working in the public sector who aim to advance their careers into management or executive roles.

The 14-week program, which runs from Jan. 11 through Apr. 11, is open to state and local government workers in California “who possess a strategic and innovative mindset,” according to a CDT announcement. Candidates must be serving in an IT supervisory or IT managerial capacity, ideally have at least three years’ experience in one or a combination of both levels, and/or have completed CDT’s Emerging IT Leaders Boot Camp.

Prospective participants must be nominated by their chief information officer and submit a signed CIO Authorization Form as part of their application package. A formal letter of recommendation is no longer required.

“This year’s curriculum covers a range of topics, including strategic planning, generative AI, techniques for cultivating a dynamic leadership identity, instruction on delivering executive presentations both in remote and in-person settings, and a 360-degree leadership workshop that includes personalized coaching,” said Crystal Holcomb, deputy director of the Office of Professional Development within CDT. “The program also emphasizes the skills necessary to lead effectively in remote and hybrid work environments.”

ITLA is now entering its 31st cohort. While the majority of classes for the 2024 program will continue to be held online, a few classes will require in-person attendance at CDT’s Training and Education Center in Rancho Cordova.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Oct. 30. To learn more about the program or to apply, visit CDT’s workforce development site.