Application Deadline: Closed

Program Dates: January 16 – May 8, 2020

What Is ITLA?

The Information Technology Leadership Academy is a 17 week program for public sector IT professionals with a focus on developing leadership skills.

Participants in the academy are selected from local state, county, and city agencies agencies and departments that work in information technology programs. Individuals with a vision for enterprise-wide thinking, strong potential for career advancement into executive or senior management positions and experience carrying out their organization’s mission and vision are ideal candidates for acceptance into this program.


The program cost is $4,000

How It Works

ITLA participants expand their skills in leadership, executive presentations, business communications, and team building. As they hone their skills, students also learn about the legislative budget process, organizational change management, and develop interviewing skills for the executive level.

The academic delivery model includes traditional classroom sessions, group discussions, expert speakers, and real life scenarios in which participants address real world problems with realistic solutions.

Classes are taught by private instructors, IT executives, and prior graduates. Each academy class has program coaches that are typically prior graduates of ITLA. They ensure the participants have a positive experience and provide guidance and wisdom.

Professional Development

Participants will meet new, interesting, and dynamic peers who were recommended by their department’s CIO and selected into the program. Participants will have the opportunity to network and collaborate with experts from other state agencies who lead the academy.

How To Apply

The ITLA application period is now closed.

Please contact the Office of Professional Development for questions and further information at

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost for ITLA 27?

The cost is $4,000 per student and is paid for by their department/agency.

When does ITLA start and end?

ITLA 27 runs from January 16 – May 8, 2020.

How often will I be away from my office?

Students can expect to be out of the office on average two to three days per week. There are approximately 24 days of classroom training over a 17-week period. A schedule will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Where is the training held?

All training sessions will be held at the Department of Technology’s Training and Education Center (TEC), located at 10860 Gold Center Drive, Suite 100. To contact the TEC, call (916) 739-7502. Parking is free.

What are the core hours for the training?

Training sessions are held from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

How many candidates will be accepted into the program?

With only 30 spots in the program, the application process is highly competitive. Candidates are selected based on the quality and thoughtfulness of their application responses and their CIO’s nomination letter.

Do I need to have supervisory/managerial experience to be accepted?

While it is preferable for students to possess 1-3 years of supervisory/managerial experience based on the training sessions offered, it is not a requirement for acceptance.

What are some additional events we will be participating in?

In addition to the formal training sessions, there are several events that help make ITLA a unique and rewarding experience.

Class Exercise:

All students are expected to actively contribute to a team Class Exercise where they will work collaboratively to complete an assignment related to an IT leadership challenge in state government.

CIO Academy:

The CIO Academy takes place on February 5-6, 2020.  Students are expected to attend both days where they will promote the work they are completing for their Class Exercise and assist with assigned break-out sessions lead by various executive leaders. This year’s event will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel located at 1230 J Street, Sacramento.

Walk Like a Leader:

Students will also shadow an Executive for a day through our “Walk Like a Leader” experience. Each student is partnered with an Executive from various state agencies/departments to spend a day walking in her/his shoes. Students not only benefit from the opportunity to see how a day in the life of a leader is spent, but also from the guidance and mentoring provided throughout the day. This will be scheduled during the cohort and will need to take place outside of class time.

What is your attendance expectation?

Attendance is mandatory throughout this 17-week course; however, students are allowed three absences. There are no make-up sessions for courses missed.  If you have vacation or other planned time off during the academy that will significantly interfere with your participation, you are encouraged to apply to a future academy that will not have conflicting dates.

What topics are covered in the curriculum?

A sample of sessions covered in ITLA include:

  • Executive Presentations
  • Executive Writing Skills
  • Agile Essentials
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Chemistry
  • Organizational Change Management
  • What Executives need to know about Procurements, Projects, Security and Budgets

Will I be expected to work outside my regular schedule?

Classes are held 9:00 am -4:30 pm, so please adjust your schedule and commute for this timeframe. There may be occasions when you spend time outside of the classroom to work on your project/class exercise, as well as mandatory attendance at the CIO Academy and your “Walk Like A Leader” day.

Please contact the Office of Professional Development for questions and further information at