NEC member the EMC Corporation, a cloud computing company based in Hopkinton, MA, does more than offer its data storage services to clients around the world. EMC is also working to educate the next generation by developing curriculum for college and university courses that will prepare students for the IT jobs that employers are looking to fill. The EMC Academic Alliance was launched to address the skills gap between study programs and high-tech professions. Based on recent surveys, EMC believes IT positions will grow much more quickly between now and 2020 than the workforce educated to fill those positions. “The careers of tomorrow, in areas like cloud architecture and data science, require that we invest in developing people with the skills required to fill those roles,” said Howard Elias, president and COO of EMC Information Infrastructure and Cloud Services. EMC announced this week that its EMC Academic Alliance is now being used by more than 1,000 schools around the world. In New England, the courses have been made available through Bunker Hill Community College, Dean College, Framingham State University, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts, Worcester State University and Southern New Hampshire University, among others.