Closing the Drupal Education Gap
by Kris Vanderwater
Demand for Drupal talent is high… Really high. A good Drupaler can find work on some of the most notable sites in the world next to other great minds and in good working conditions. Drupal is taking the world by storm, converting government agencies, Fortune 500s and many more on a daily basis. But this popularity has come at a price. The existing talent pool is just too limited to support Drupal’s popularity without serious investment in developing a greater pool of talent, and that something the existing community has got to own and make happen. Here at Acquia, we’ve worked toward this goal by building a great Certification Program while many other Drupal companies have worked very hard for a number of years developing educational material of their own, but this is a difficult task, and educating adults is an industry in its own right. We need to collaborate on this problem space and we need to get to students sooner.
To that end, I’d like to point out STEM Fuse’s High School Web Curriculum kickstarter. This is a campaign designed to build a Drupal focussed web development curriculum for high schoolers to get them started early with Drupal. I don’t have to outline how this works. Other dominant technology platforms have leveraged similar strategies in the last few decades helping to cement those platforms as the de facto tool in their industry. Drupal could, and should, do the same for the web CMS world. I’ve worked on the advisory board for a number of web technology teachers at a local school and while they’re all interested in Drupal, curriculum is always a limiting factor. If we can rally together around this cause, I think we can be part of something truly landmark in nature, and begin to close the gap between the number of competent developers we have, and the number we need.
STEM Fuse’s kickstarter only has 4 more days, and as of the writing of this blog, they need nearly another $8000 USD. Acquia has stepped up to the plate and invested $10,000 already. Will you join us in helping to solve this problem?