Equity: 2022 BUILD Conference Review

Michelle Thomas, MSW, TCC Early Childhood Policy Advisor and Client Engagement Manager

TCC Sponsored the virtual 2022 BUILD Conference held July 11-13. We held Roundtable Sessions titled You Can’t Measure Equity Without a Data PlanWe heard valuable contributions and insights from the States and National Organizations during these sessions. We heard successes, and we also heard uncertainty and struggles. Below are highlights of these conversations.

  1. Equitable practices should extend to multiple groups/partners in the early childhood system, including, at a minimum: families/children, providers and the workforce.
  2. Measuring equity starts with examining current policies and practices.
  3. Identifying and disrupting non-equitable policies and practices is key to creating an Equity Data Plan.
  4. Because some data needed to measure equity can be perceived as sensitive, there are barriers to collecting it. For instance, immigrants may be reluctant to apply for services if they are required to share immigration and/or employment information. Sharing preferred language may feel threatening to some groups. The ECE workforce may perceive sharing wage/salary data as intrusive.
  5. Measuring equitable access starts with defining the policies and practices you want to examine and determining the questions you want to answer and measure. States must be mindful to include authentic representation from key stakeholder groups and include them at all parts of this process – planning, implementing, and reporting.
  6. We should not be afraid to infuse quantitative data with qualitative data to tell a more compelling story.
  7. IT systems may be linked to share data that will answer key questions. However, it is important to map existing data and use a data dictionary to ensure shared understanding and meaning of data elements across systems.
  8. IT systems can be adapted to support business processes and workflows to put equitable practices in motion. 

Keep an eye out for a series of briefs that provide a deeper, practical level of detail to assist states with a rigorous Data Plan to inform early childhood system equitable practices and policies. 

To learn more about TCC’s work with Early Childhood Data Systems please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/early-childhood.

TCC Seeks a Desktop Support Technician

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Job Summary

Refresh workstations, laptops, and peripherals as part of an enterprise-wide hardware refresh initiative. Occasional travel within the State of Indiana will be part of the requirements for this position.

Duties & Responsibilities

§ Travel to various locations within Indiana to facilitate rolling out new workstations as part of an enterprise-wide hardware refresh project.

§ Unbox, setup, and swap out workstations, laptops, peripherals with new hardware.

§ Apply asset management tags and log information as required.

§ Interacts with facility vendors on operational activities.

§ Has knowledge of desktop maintenance and administrative procedures required for backing up user data (running a script) and restoring data to new hardware.

§ Work with project team to identify and deliver required PC services.

§ Install, configure, test, maintain, monitor, and troubleshoot end user workstation hardware, networked peripheral devices, and networking hardware products.

§ Receive, log, and respond to incoming calls, pages, and/or e-mails regarding hardware refresh project.

§ If necessary, liaise with third-party support and PC equipment vendors.

§ Provide guidance to junior members of the team as required.

§ Attend meetings as requested by project management.

§ Other related duties as assigned by project management.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

§ Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

§ Ability to work independently, must be customer service oriented.

§ Acquires and maintains additional technical and management skills for professional development.

§ Must work well in a team environment.

§ Must be capable of working a flexible schedule. Travel around the State of Indiana will be required on occasion.

§ At least two (2) years of experience in the following technical areas:

§ Experience troubleshooting PC and Microsoft hardware or software.

§ PCs, laptops, thin clients, stand-alone and networked printers, standalone and networked scanners, and modems

§ Demonstrated experience repairing, installing, upgrading, and reconfiguring any of these items.

§ Demonstrated experience installing and configuring Windows 10 OS

§ Demonstrated experience using:

§ Standard Software: Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, Windows OS, and general PC Software.

§ Service desk software (opening, documenting, closing, and follow up on service calls).

§ E-mail/Scheduling: Microsoft Outlook

Educational and Experience Requirements

§ Require an associate’s degree or its equivalent and 2-5 years of experience.

About TCC
Founded in 1996 in Indianapolis, IN, The Consultants Consortium (TCC) is an innovative solutions provider committed to designing and delivering high-value, cost-effective IT consulting services and application technology solutions for both the private and public sectors. With a team of more than 250 IT and business professionals, TCC serves clients nationwide, from state and federal government agencies to commercial sector customers. TCC is committed to providing the most cutting edge solutions, and with that, ensures they stay up-to-date on crucial certifications and affiliations. Among these are the highly accredited Microsoft Certifications.

At TCC, we know that having a strong company culture is paramount in sustaining the success and stability of the company, especially within the information technology industry. That’s why we place our focus on the people who make our success possible: our employees, partners and clients. We strive to create an environment that preserves and fosters growth while still promoting the DNA of our company.

Our core values:
• Building strong, reliable relationships with our employees, our partners and our clients
• Upholding integrity, honesty and respect
• Supporting our local community
• Encouraging continued education and development

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

To apply for this position please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/open-positions

Equity: 2022 BUILD Conference Review

Michelle Thomas, MSW, TCC Early Childhood Policy Advisor and Client Engagement Manager

TCC Sponsored the virtual 2022 BUILD Conference held July 11-13. We held Roundtable Sessions titled You Can’t Measure Equity Without a Data PlanWe heard valuable contributions and insights from the States and National Organizations during these sessions. We heard successes, and we also heard uncertainty and struggles. Below are highlights of these conversations.

  1. Equitable practices should extend to multiple groups/partners in the early childhood system, including, at a minimum: families/children, providers and the workforce.
  2. Measuring equity starts with examining current policies and practices.
  3. Identifying and disrupting non-equitable policies and practices is key to creating an Equity Data Plan.
  4. Because some data needed to measure equity can be perceived as sensitive, there are barriers to collecting it. For instance, immigrants may be reluctant to apply for services if they are required to share immigration and/or employment information. Sharing preferred language may feel threatening to some groups. The ECE workforce may perceive sharing wage/salary data as intrusive.
  5. Measuring equitable access starts with defining the policies and practices you want to examine and determining the questions you want to answer and measure. States must be mindful to include authentic representation from key stakeholder groups and include them at all parts of this process – planning, implementing, and reporting.
  6. We should not be afraid to infuse quantitative data with qualitative data to tell a more compelling story.
  7. IT systems may be linked to share data that will answer key questions. However, it is important to map existing data and use a data dictionary to ensure shared understanding and meaning of data elements across systems.
  8. IT systems can be adapted to support business processes and workflows to put equitable practices in motion. 

Keep an eye out for a series of briefs that provide a deeper, practical level of detail to assist states with a rigorous Data Plan to inform early childhood system equitable practices and policies. 

To learn more about TCC’s work with Early Childhood Data Systems please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/early-childhood.

TCC Seeks a Java Developer (Contract)

Type: Contract
Duration: Until July 31, 2023 with possibility of extension
Location: Indianapolis, IN

Multiple Position Available

Java Developer
Work you’ll do
•    Responsible for supporting and independently completing project tasks
•    Identifies key drivers of a defined, straightforward problem and proposing solutions
•    Identifies and solves problems using analysis, experience, and decision making
•    Selects the most relevant tools/techniques to meet specific client requirements
•    Understands the benefits of using state of the art methods and tools and their application on a particular engagement; contributes to continuous development of methods and tools
•    Manages work to work plans for components on engagements
•    May independently own a work stream, reviewing, and potentially directing the work of more junior staff
•    Develops solutions to client problems through application of methods and tools; validates solutions to subject matter experts
•    Demonstrates accountability and contributions to the successful realization of client goals
•    Commitment to team success and positive team dynamics
•    Translate application storyboards and use cases into functional applications

Qualifications
Required

•    Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of relevant experience
•    Experience with J2EE Framework components such as Servlets, JSP, EJB, JDBC, Logging mechanism (ex. Log4J), Transaction Management and Thread Management
•    Experience with an application server such as WebSphere or RedHat Jboss
•    6+ years of experience writing SQL/Functions/Procedures in transactional database systems such as Oracle, SQL Server, DB2
•    6+ years of knowledge on MVC framework like Spring/Struts/Grails and ORM tools such as Hibernate, MyBatis
•    Good understanding of developing Web-services and spring batch development
•    Understanding of build and deployment process and tools like Maven, ANT /Cruise Control
•    Good understanding of HTML UI, CSS and JavaScript
•    Experience in Agile methodology and tools such as Bamboo, BitBucket, Fisheye, eclipse
•    Strong technical skills including understanding of software development principles
•    Roughly 90-95% hands-on coding
Preferred
•    Certifications in system administration, system architecture, virtualization or cloud technologies preferred.
•    Ability to quickly learn new concepts and software.
•    Ability to multi-task & support multiple priorities.
•    Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
•    Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills.

About TCC
Founded in 1996 in Indianapolis, IN, The Consultants Consortium (TCC) is an innovative solutions provider committed to designing and delivering high-value, cost-effective IT consulting services and application technology solutions for both the private and public sectors. With a team of more than 250 IT and business professionals, TCC serves clients nationwide, from state and federal government agencies to commercial sector customers. TCC is committed to providing the most cutting edge solutions, and with that, ensures they stay up-to-date on crucial certifications and affiliations. Among these are the highly accredited Microsoft Certifications.

At TCC, we know that having a strong company culture is paramount in sustaining the success and stability of the company, especially within the information technology industry. That’s why we place our focus on the people who make our success possible: our employees, partners and clients. We strive to create an environment that preserves and fosters growth while still promoting the DNA of our company.

Our core values:
• Building strong, reliable relationships with our employees, our partners and our clients
• Upholding integrity, honesty and respect
• Supporting our local community
• Encouraging continued education and development

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

To apply for this position please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/open-positions