OEC Sponsors First Girls-Only High School Coding Camp

OEConnection LLC (OEC), a leading technology employer in Northeast Ohio, sponsored a girls-only coding camp in partnership with TECH CORPS and RITE (Regional Information Technology Engagement), on July 25-29, 2016, at Baldwin Wallace University. HSCC_sponsored_by_OEC_2This was the first all-girls camp OEC has sponsored in partnership with TECH CORPS and RITE. Twenty high school girls attended the week-long camp designed to provide students with hands-on coding experience to learn computer programming concepts and skills.

This is the second year that OEC has sponsored the TECH CORPS and RITE coding camp.  OEC sponsorship allowed participating students to access an interactive curriculum taught by two certified TECH CORPS instructors, a Camp Kit that included supplies and software, evaluations and assessments, training and ongoing support.

Amy French, OEC Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, stated, “A gender gap exists in the computer science field.  We want to help bridge that gap by encouraging more young women to pursue careers in technology. We were excited to partner with TECH CORPS and RITE to launch a girls-only coding camp, where young women are empowered and fully immersed in the coding experience.”

“We were delighted that OEC, as a leading RITE Board Member company and founding sponsor of the coding camps, asked to roll out the first all-girls camp with plans to build on this success,” said Courtney DeOreo, Director of RITE. DeOreo continued, “Helping regional employers to attract and build an inclusive workforce, particularly in information technology careers, is a strategic imperative.  Thus, efforts to engage more girls in our high school programs, like these camps, are critical.”

“Research has shown that encouragement and exposure are key, controllable indicators for whether or not young women decide to pursue a Computer Science degree,” said Lisa M. Chambers, National Executive Director, TECH CORPS.  “TECH CORPS programs, like High School Coding Camp, incorporate these indicators and also connect girls to near-peer role models from local universities and companies like OEC.”

TECH CORPS Instructor and University of Akron undergraduate, Tara Snipes, shares her experience with the Coding Camp students, “I had such a great time spending my week with such intelligent young ladies. It was so much fun having such a bright group of individuals who were excited to learn about technology. The steps they are taking now will certainly prepare them for a great college foundation and a future career in the STEM fields in which they are interested.”

TECH CORPS Instructor and Kent State University Innovation Fellow, Tapti Saha, added, “This camp helped the girls come out of their shells and show their programming and creativity talent; the camp also empowered them to lead and be confident.”

As a result of the positive feedback from the instructors, parents and students, plans are in place to continue offering girls-only High School Coding Camps.


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Bendix-Sponsored Summer Coding Camp To Benefit Local Students

For Second Consecutive Year, Company Funds Week-Long High School Coding Camp as Part of Continued Support for Local Education and Community

tech3Once again, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has donated $10,000 to sponsor a week-long summer experience designed to engage local rising ninth- through twelfth-grade students in hands-on, interactive computer coding activities. Called the High School Coding Camp, the experience is scheduled for August 1-5 at Lorain County Community College (LCCC), in Elyria. Bendix also donated $10,000 in 2015, the High School Coding Camp’s first year.

The LCCC camp – part of a program for Northeast Ohio (NEO) high school students – is one of seven sponsored by leading NEO employers and industry groups in conjunction with TECH CORPS and RITE (Ohio Regional Information Technology Engagement).

The seven camps are being held at colleges and universities in Northeast Ohio. Free to participating students, they will serve more than 100 high schoolers selected through an application process. This year, one of the camps is girls-only, to encourage more girls to enter the IT field.

Each camp consists of a 40-hour program in which 20 students will learn industry- standard programming languages and – through a series of labs and activities – be exposed to the same challenges software designers encounter daily. Students will also interact with technology professionals from the sponsor organization and learn about educational and career pathways in the region.

“We’re pleased to continue our sponsorship of the High School Coding Camp, and to help immerse another group of young people in the world of coding for five fun and challenging days,” said Paul Szentkiralyi, Bendix director, information technology Americas. “The

experience is designed to help students discover their passion, build their IT skills, and reinforce how rewarding technical endeavors can be. The need for IT professionals – highly skilled developers, in particular – is significant and growing. Our hope is that the camp will be an early step for students who one day may become contributing members of the IT community.”

Szentkiralyi and Kate Scheibelhut, Bendix manager – Americas IT applications, serve as LCCC RITE Council employer representatives for Bendix, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of leading-edge active safety and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles. Together, as in 2015, they helped spearhead the company’s sponsorship of the High School Coding Camp.

The effort is part of Bendix’s ongoing commitment to support local STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and education initiatives, as well as area-wide community growth.

“The High School Coding Camp matches up letter-perfect with our community involvement mission at Bendix,” Scheibelhut said. “Our sponsorship is an investment in education and technology, in our community’s young people, and in our region and its employers. Everybody wins. We are looking forward to August and the chance to work with this year’s camp participants.”

In another instance of Bendix supporting area students, Richard Beyer, vice president of engineering and R&D, recently served as an Invention Convention judge for the Westlake City Schools. The competition, which took place January 22, was designed to build problem-solving and manufacturing skills among young students. Beyer served as a judge for the same competition in 2015.


Barbara Gould
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
(440) 329-9609