Capital CoLAB

Collaborative of Leaders in Academia and Business is an action-oriented partnership of business and academic institutions that develops the talent needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

The Capital Region is one of the nation’s leading hubs for digital tech employment and is expected to add more than 130,000 digital tech job opportunities over the next five years.

Employers across all industries—from government and healthcare, to the arts and energy—hire workers who can couple their diverse educational backgrounds with the top tech skills to succeed in today’s increasingly digital economy.

130,000+ digital tech job opportunities
over the next 5 Years

Maximize Your Major

Digital Technology Credential

The Capital CoLAB’s Credentials

Offered by select universities in the region

Generalist Credential

The Generalist credential is geared towards non-STEM majors to prepare students for jobs roles that require an understanding of data analysis and visualization as well as data security.

Specialist Credentials

The Specialist credential is geared towards STEM majors to prepare students for jobs involving specialized technical skills. Tracks include cybersecurity, machine learning, and data analytics.

Facts about Tech in the Capital Region

Credential Student Opportunities

By taking a selection of classes in conjunction with your major, you can participate in the Capital CoLAB’s Digital Tech Credential program. Digital Tech Credential students are targeted for recruitment by CoLAB companies and provided access to exclusive professional development opportunities.

  1. Mentoring/coaching
  2. Job shadowing
  3. Reception with senior executives
  4. Resume review
  5. Priority interviews for internships
  6. Priority interviews for jobs
  7. Financial incentives for new hires

...and much more!

Digital Tech Job Facts

Employer Demand for Digital Tech-Related Credentials in Job Postings

Pie Chart - 68.8% Bachelor's Degree, 21.9% Graduate Degree, and 9.4% Sub-baccalaureate

Share of Credentials Held by Digital Tech Workers in the Capital Region

Pie Chart - 45.6% Bachelor's Degree, 38.6% Graduate Degree, and 15.8% Sub-baccalaureate

Participating Businesses

CapitalOne
Exelon
EY
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
MedImmune
MedStar Health
McKinsey & Company
Monumental
Northrop Grumman
Under Armour
Amazon
General Dynamics
ASGN Incorporated
Washington Gas

CoLAB Universities

American University
George Mason University
Howard University
The George Washington University
Georgetown University
John Hopkins University
UMBC
University of Maryland
University of Richmond
University of Virginia
University System of Maryland
VCU
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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  1. GeneralistSpecialist
    Cyber SecurityMachine LearningData Analytics