What Is ITLA?

The Information Technology Leadership Academy is a seven month program for state IT professionals with a focus on developing leadership skills.

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

How It Works

ITLA participants expand their skills in leadership, executive presentations, business communications, political skills, 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 class develops a class project unique to that academy.

Each academy class has several class sponsors and class managers that are typically prior graduates of ITLA. They ensure the participants have a positive experience and guide them in their class project.

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

Notification will go out to State of CA AIOs and CIOs when the next application period opens and information will also be posted here.  For questions or further information contact Office of Professional Development at  ITLA@state.ca.gov