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2017 Annual Report: What a Year!

Dear Friends,

Today, we proudly release our 2017 Annual Report.  Thanks to the support of an amazing group of sponsors, partners and volunteers, TECH CORPS educated, excited and empowered more than 2,200  students – a 44% increase from last year.

More than 160 technology professionals volunteered 1,400+ hours implementing TECH CORPS programs and inspiring our next generation of technology innovators and leaders.

Through our E4Tech and #CutOut4CS programs and in partnership with the Teaching & Learning Collaborative, we provided computer science curriculum and training to 55 elementary school teachers.  These teachers received the knowledge and confidence to bring computer science into their classroom in a way that is rigorous and connected to student learning.

This year, we also:

  • Developed new programs and introduced new content areas, including Cyber Security and 3D printing
  • Increased the number of girls served annually to 41%
  • Created additional opportunities for TECH CORPS students to receive college credit or industry-recognized certificates

And finally, this summer, 10% of our instructors were former TECH CORPS students.  These brilliant young people are pursuing technology-related degrees, and they are all great examples of why we do the work we do.

As you flip through this report or watch our video, I hope you will join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our students and our ongoing commitment to bringing high-quality computer science learning experiences to all students.  We look forward to your continued support as we work to ensure ALL students have access to the technology skills, programs and resources that will enrich their education today and prepare them for college or career tomorrow.

Sincerely!

Annual Report: http://bit.ly/2BTSFxr

Report Video: http://bit.ly/TCreport17

TECH CORPS Proudly Announces New Team Members

TECH CORPS Proudly Announces
New Team Members

Earlier this month, TECH CORPS added three new full-time staff members to its team.

Marci Howdyshell
Marci Howdyshell

Marci Howdyshell, Central Ohio Regional Manager
Marci Howdyshell was raised in Rochester, Michigan. She studied Spanish, Math and Physics at Albion College and went on to obtain her Ph.D. in Physics at The Ohio State University. There, she discovered her passion for outreach and co-founded and co-directed the Scientific Thinkers Outreach Program. She went on to spend three years as a postdoc at the Vanderbilt University Center for Science Outreach in Nashville, Tennessee. There, she worked to develop and teach research-based science courses at local public schools and directed the Research Experience for High School Students. In her free time, she loves running marathons and crafting.

Marci will work from TECH CORPS’ headquarters in Columbus and will manage program implementation and operations for Central Ohio.

Michelle Moore
Michelle Moore


Michelle Moore, Northeast Ohio Regional Manager

Michelle Moore obtained her Associate of Arts degree from Lorain County Community College while raising her children and working full-time. She went on to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Non-Profit Administration from Cleveland State University and is now pursuing her a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

Michelle has spent the majority of her 15-year career facilitating, coaching and recruiting for Non-Profit organizations. Her passion for providing valuable resources and ensuring a successful delivery of services is at the core of all programs is what drives her leadership accountability.

Michelle will work from TECH CORPS’ office in Elyria and will manage program implementation and operations for Northeast Ohio.

Dave Kelly
Dave Kelly

Dave Kelly, Manager, Content & Programs
Dave Kelly is an enthusiastic programmer who graduated from the University of Akron where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Dave has previous experience developing software for Apteryx, a medical and dental imaging software company. In 2017, he joined TECH CORPS as a Summer Instructor for the Student WEB CORPS program where his passion for teaching was discovered. He loves to inspire and learn alongside all students. He is a video game fanatic, lover of the outdoors, and is up for any challenges that arise.

Dave Kelly will also work from the TECH CORPS office in Elyria. In his role, Dave will develop curriculum and provide support for TECH CORPS programs in the region.

“We are elated to have Marci, Michelle and Dave join our team,” said Carla Easley, Director of Operations. “Each of them bring great passion, experience and creativity that will help TECH CORPS continue to have a significant impact on the next generation of technology innovators.”

 

Celebrate Summer 2017

Dear Friends,

Thanks to the support of a host of great sponsors, partners and instructors – we enjoyed yet another incredible summer:

This summer, we developed a Cyber Security curriculum for the High School Coding Camp program in partnership with Franklin University; rolled out a new Techie Camp topic – 3D Printing; and, thanks to so many new partners in Ohio, Georgia, Rhode Island and New Jersey, we served nearly 1,400 students in just 10 weeks!

I am also extremely proud to report that nearly 10% of our Instructors were former TECH CORPS students. These brilliant young people are pursuing technology-related degrees and they are all great examples of the impact of the work we do.

You can download the report below, or watch our Summer 2017 video above. I hope you will join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our students and our ongoing commitment to bringing high-quality computer science learning experiences to all students.

Thank you,
Lisa Chambers
National Executive Director

Summer Report Final

Calling all Technology Superheroes!

Your Mission: Join our #CS4All movement to educate, excite and empower students with technology.

Use your technology super powers for good and join us as we work to inspire our future technology innovators and leaders.  TECH CORPS is part-time Instructors throughout the year to assist with the implementation of its signature programs, including Computing Career Corps, High School Coding Camp, Student TECH CORPS, Student WEB CORPS, Techie Camp, and Techie Club. Each program session is comprised of up to 25 students and is led by two TECH CORPS Instructors.

TECH CORPS implements programs through partnerships with universities, school districts and nonprofit organizations in Central and Northeast Ohio as well as in Georgia, New Jersey and Rhode Island. TECH CORPS will also expand its reach into California and Colorado beginning Summer 2018.

The Opportunity:  TECH CORPS Program Instructors
Instructors are given the training, content and guidance to coordinate and implement all day-to-day aspects of each program. Instructors earn $20/hour.

Ideal candidates include CS or Engineering undergrad/graduate students, CS Teachers and CS or Engineering Professionals.

Interviews are being scheduled now – apply today!  For more information and to apply, visit techcorps.org/careers

Join us as we work to prepare the next generation of technology leaders!

Applications are Open for TECH CORPS Summer Programs

Applications and registrations have opened for TECH CORPS summer programs, and this year is looking to break even more records in our mission to educate, excite and empower.

We are offering summer experiences for rising 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-12th grade students. We have both sponsored experiences, offered at no cost to students, and open enrollment programs, available at a low cost. Information on all of our programs can be found at http://techcorps.org/programs or by calling 614-583-9211. Find more information about select featured programs below!

Techie Camps (rising 3rd-5th and 6th-8th) will be offered in Central and Northeast Ohio, as well as New Jersey (Trenton), Rhode Island (Providence) and Georgia (DeKalb County). Techie Camps get elementary and middle school students hands on and engaged with technology and computer science experiences, including Programming, App Development, 3D Printing, and Web Development. Find Techie Camp specific information at www.techiecamp.org.

High School Coding Camps will be held across Northeast Ohio and in Central Ohio. We are proud to offer two topics this year for rising 9th-12th grade students- C# and Cyber Security. There are many great locations for High School Coding Camp- Find yours at bit.ly/17HSCC

Employers from IT, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Consumer Goods, Industry groups and more are supporting High School Coding Camps

Camps Focus on Growing the Region’s Future IT Talent

Leading employers and industry groups have joined forces with TECH CORPS and RITE (Northeast Ohio’s Regional Information Technology Engagement) to deliver the highly acclaimed High School Coding Camps to Northeast Ohio high school students this summer.
This week-long experience is designed to engage students in hands-on, interactive coding activities. The students learn industry standard programming languages and through a series of labs and activities they will be exposed to the same challenges software developers encounter every day. In addition to developing technical and 21st century skills, the students interact with technology professionals from NEO companies as well as learn about educational and career pathways in the region.

Now in its third year, the program has grown to eight camps. Of these five are the introductory C# camps and two are Cyber Security camps. There is one all Girl’s camp hosted by Baldwin Wallace University and sponsored by OEC. The camps are sponsored by Bendix, Eaton Corp., NEOSIM, OEC, Progressive Insurance, and The J.M. Smucker Company.

“Based on the Ohio Means Jobs site, there are over 20,000 open IT jobs in Northeast Ohio,” said Kathy Golden, EVP & CTO of OEC and RITE Board Member. “and the demand for IT talent is only going to grow. These young people are building the skills and knowledge that employers like us need.”

Each camp is hosted by an institution of higher learning. The host schools include, The University of Akron, Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Lorain County Community College, Cuyahoga Community College and Lakeland Community College.
To be considered for the camps students need to apply by April 30, 2017. The application includes a short essay and requires a teacher’s recommendation. Up to 20 students will be selected for each camp based on their application, essay, and letter of recommendation.

To apply: https://tinyurl.com/coding-camps

2016 Annual Report: Best Year Yet!

Dear Friends,

As I reflect on 2016, there is so much to celebrate.  Together, with our partners, we provided access to high-quality computer science programs to more than 1,600 students.  We expanded our reach into three new states, and we identified a strategy for awarding college credit to students in our Student WEB CORPS program.

In partnership with the Teaching & Learning Collaborative, we developed an innovative curriculum and professional development model that empowers elementary school teachers to bring computer science into their classrooms in a way that transforms learning.

I am truly grateful to our dedicated volunteers, our passionate and energetic staff, our inspiring Board, and to our donors both large and small, new and longstanding.

Our movement is gaining momentum and stakeholders. I am thankful for all that we have accomplished and look forward to the road ahead!

In gratitude,

Lisa

2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

 

TECH CORPS Welcomes New Board Member

Lindsay Miller
Lindsay Miller

TECH CORPS announced today that Lindsay M. Miller has been appointed to the organization’s National Board of Directors.

Lindsay is an attorney with the Public Affairs and Government Law Group at Ice Miller LLP. With nearly ten years of experience in technology initiatives, Lindsay has a reputation in the broadband and technology arena of being a strong advocate with a successful track record in building relationships with public and private sector stakeholders.

“I’m very eager and excited to be joining this extraordinary organization,” said Miller. “I am passionate about TECH CORPS’ mission to enhance early learning for K-12 students through Computer Science and Information Technology programs and look forward to contributing to the success of the organization.”

“Lindsay’s commitment to digital inclusion as well as her professional expertise will prove extremely valuable as we work to expand TECH CORPS into new communities,” said Lisa M. Chambers, National Director of TECH CORPS.

Techie Camp Applications are Open!

Techie Camp Applications are Open!
Techie Camp Applications are Open!

The weather is beginning to warm up, and that can only mean one thing- TECH CORPS summer programming is coming fast!

Our Techie Camps get students hands-on with exciting technology and engaged in computer science topics. Our newly updated curriculum gives students the skills they need for today’s classrooms and tomorrow’s workplace, including 3D Printing, Unity, Android App Development and more!

This year we are offering over 60 Techie Camps in four states – Ohio (Central and Northeast regions), New Jersey (Trenton), Rhode Island (Providence) and Georgia (DeKalb County).

Find your nearest Techie Camp and apply today at www.techiecamp.org.

We are proud to offer Sponsored Techie Camps at no cost to students thanks to the generous support of our sponsors: Nordson Corporation Foundation, AEP Ohio, Cognizant; Columbus State/AEP Credits Counts, Fowler Family Foundation, Leonard Gelfand STEM Center at Case Western Reserve University, Rockwell Automation and The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio.

Low-cost tuition camps are also available in Central and Northeast Ohio. Visit www.techiecamp.org for details.