Application Deadline: November 13, 2019

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 open and closes at 5:00PM on November 13, 2019.

All prospective participants must submit the following:

  • Complete and submit the formal application by the noted due date
  • Submit a letter of recommendation/nomination from your department’s Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Application Form 
  • Upload CIO Recommendation/Nomination Letter
  • Phone (best number to call)
  • Work email


Supervisor Name

Chief Information Officer

Training Coordinator

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For the Nominator (CIO)
Please be confident that your nomination is for an individual that is ready for a senior or executive leadership role. Prior to submitting your nomination, please consider carefully the time commitment away from the office. Approximately 20 calendar days throughout the 17-week program will be dedicated to ITLA excluding non-work time dedicated to the project.
Student Responsibilities
Attendance is mandatory for all classes and class activities. Additional time (outside of class and daily work time) will be required to collaborate with classmates on class project deliverables.

Program Requirements

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