Our Focus

The CoLAB focuses on three broad areas where academic institutions and businesses, along with government, can work together to strengthen the Capital Region’s economic performance:

Developing the talent and workforce the region needs now and in the future

Developing cutting-edge technology capabilities to position the region for global leadership

Improving awareness of the super-region as a leading innovation hub

Current Programs

Digital Technology Credential

The first initiative of the CoLAB with the goal of providing university students with employer-aligned curriculum and job/experience opportunities at CoLAB companies. Visit the CoLAB microsite to learn about the Digital Tech Credential Program and enroll.

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Employer Signaling System

The Capital CoLAB’s Employer Signaling System (ESS) combines labor market information with employer insights and educator feedback to develop and refresh the knowledge, skills, abilities, and credentials (KSACs) needed for entry-level IT roles in the Capital Region. Visit the ESS microsite to explore regional data.

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Helping current employees gain additional digital technology skills in areas like data analytics, cybersecurity, cloud computing, networking/IT, and artificial intelligence/machine learning.

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CoLAB Partners

Participating Businesses

JPMorgan Chase & Co.
MedStar Health
McKinsey & Company
Northrop Grumman
Under Armour
General Dynamics
ASGN Incorporated
Washington Gas

CoLAB Universities

American University
George Mason University
Howard University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
John Hopkins University
University of Maryland
University of Richmond
Univeristy of Virginia
University System of Maryland
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Jurisdiction Partners

City of Baltimore
Montgomery County Maryland
George's Prince County Maryland
County of Fairfax Virginia
Washington DC

CoLAB Advisory Committee

Wes Bush

Inagural Chair of the CoLAB

Ardine Williams


Frank Laprade


Amy Gilliland

General Dynamics

Peter Scher

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Scott Rutherford

McKinsey & Company

Kathy Warden

Northrop Grumman

Enhancing Digital Technology Education

The CoLAB is currently working to enhance digital technology education through the Digital Tech Credentials and K12 Community College Pathways.

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