There are opportunities and challenges regarding the IT skills gap, but how do we actually solve this problem? You might start with education; make two-year schools more attractive to IT candidates. Nearly 30 percent of Americans with an associate’s degree make more than those with a bachelor’s degree. Another solution is re-skilling existing workers — external hiring costs 20 percent more than internal. Another option is developing IT education partnerships, such as Udacity, Georgia Tech and AT&T’s recent partnership to offer a master’s degree in computer science.