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Let’s celebrate – Summer 2018!

As summer comes to an end, so do many of our TECH CORPS programs. We want to thank all the people who make our camps and programs possible– sponsors, partners, volunteers, parents and staff.
In just 10 weeks this summer, nearly 1,200 students and more than 50 teachers participated in TECH CORPS programs. We hope you will join us in celebrating their accomplishments.

This video highlights just a fraction of our work to Educate, Excite and Empower – enjoy!

For more information about specific programs, visit: http://techcorps.org/programs

My Experience at TECH CORPS as a Columbus Foundation Fellow

My name is Madeline Foley and I’m finishing up my undergrad this fall with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic Media, and I’m starting an Art Education Masters, both at the University of Cincinnati. This summer I worked with TECH CORPS doing all things media. I came to work for TECH CORPS through The Columbus Foundation, where I’m part of the summer 2018 fellows cohort. I’m so thankful they placed me here!

There were different areas of media that I dabbled in this summer. One thing I did was graphic design. I worked on promotional graphics for Kroger community rewards, and Amazon Smile. Both companies will donate to us if you sign up! We had promos for these already, but they definitely needed a makeover. I created a quick image to celebrate that we were given a Columbus Wonderful Workplace award this year! I also was able to work on a campaign with multiple graphic pieces, so that was a cool experience. In November we have an event called TECHCORPShack, which is a fun hackathon event for high school students. I created three pieces to be used to promote on social media and across our platforms to spread the word. I really had fun with these and tried to make them stand out! Lastly, I created an image to promote The Big Table event with The Columbus Foundation.

Another leg of what I did this summer was creating video content. I’d definitely say that I focused the most energy in this area. I spent a lot of time working on groups of short videos, but also longer, stand alone videos. I created promo videos for the the E4Tech Program, Student TECH and Student WEB CORPS programs, a TECH CORPS to Per Scholas Pathway video, and a 2018 Summer recap video.

The group of videos I worked on was a Summer Youth Employment Spotlight series. We have so many amazing student employees who all have their own stories, so we wanted to document and share their journey with TECH CORPS. I conducted interviews with them and put together short, minute to two minute long clips highlighting them individually. This was a really fun project for me.

These and all other videos can be found on our website and YouTube. http://bit.ly/2M5Ur40

The third aspect of my job was to run our social media. TECH CORPS has a very active Twitter account, so I had to plan and make sure I was on top of it! I had a lot of fun with these kinds of posts, using popular hashtags to celebrate our students. Women in tech Wednesday was one I really liked, to show off the TECH CORPS girl power.

Now, the final segment of my summer duties. I had the opportunity to visit a lot of our program sites and take pictures and videos, which I used later to edit into those videos I mentioned. I was even able to take a day trip up to Cleveland to visit our Northeast Ohio camps. This was really cool for me because I got to see just a glimpse of how our work affects other areas besides Columbus. We have Techie Camps in New Jersey, Rhode Island, Georgia, Ohio, Colorado, and California. Now THAT would have been a business trip. I got to see a wide variety of programs, including: Student WEB CORPS, Techie Camps, IT On Ramp, and E4Tech.

My favorite thing to do this summer was visit Summer Youth Employment sites and Techie Camps. Seeing the students make friends and work with each other is so exciting and rewarding. I’m really glad that I had the chance to create a Student TECH CORPS video and update the Student WEB CORPS video because I got to spend quality time with these employees and their instructors.

I couldn’t be more thankful for my summer at TECH CORPS. I learned so much professionally and personally. The experience totally flew by, I really don’t know where the time went. I want to continue working with both TECH CORPS and The Columbus Foundation in the future, so I can’t say bye forever. But I’m so glad I got to be a part of the team for this ten week period.

To read/listen to my podcast documenting my summer experience, visit the fellows blog at https://tcfsummerfellows.wordpress.com/author/madelinecreatesblog/

Growing NEO IT Talent

Employers & Higher Education Focused on Growing Northeast Ohio’s Future IT Talent

Hands-on Tech Camps Provide Immersive Experiences for Regional Students.

OHIO — Leading employers and industry groups in Northeast Ohio have joined forces with TECH CORPS and RITE to deliver the highly acclaimed High School Tech Camps to area high school students this summer. The camps are designed to attract and prepare the next generation of IT workers by helping young people build the skills and knowledge employers need.

From June 4th to August 17th, these week-long camps will engage high school students in hands-on, interactive, technology-based activities. High School Tech Camps allow students to learn alongside their peers who share their passion for IT and technology. Students in the programming camp will explore basic software development and coding using C# while students in the Cyber Security camp will explore various security techniques, while working in simulated environments.

“As an IT employer, a member of RITE’s Board and a tech camp sponsor, we know firsthand that the demand for IT talent is significant and projected to grow in the years to come,” said Kathy Golden, Chief Technology Officer, OEC. “The camps have provided nearly 400 students in Northeast Ohio with hands-on opportunities to develop key technical and problem-solving skills, connect with local and passionate IT professionals, and experience a college campus.”
In addition to OEC, these camps are sponsored by Bendix, Eaton, Hyland, NEOSIM, and The J.M. Smucker Company. Each camp is hosted by a local college or university. The host schools include Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Kent State University, Lakeland Community College, Lorain County Community College, and The University of Akron.

To be considered for the camps students need to apply by midnight Friday, May 4, 2018. All student applications must be accompanied by a Teacher Recommendation. Teacher Recommendation forms must be submitted by 9am, Monday, May 7, 2018.

Students can apply on RITE’s website at https://getithere.net/educators/hs-tech-camp
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.

Summer 2018: Educate, Excite and Empower

Apply today for TECH CORPS Summer Camps

Building robots.  Coding mobile apps.  Creating 3D models.  Designing video games. These are just some of the things students will be doing in TECH CORPS camps this summer.

Applications are now open for Techie Camp and High School Tech Camp.  These full-day, week-long campsare designed to educate, excite and empower students with technology while also promoting creativity, collaboration and problem-solving.

TECH CORPS programs empower students to become active creators and designers with technology versus passive consumers and users.

These camps fill up fast – so don’t delay! Applications are open for no cost and low costcamps in a variety of locations.

Techie Camp (rising 3rd-5thand 6th-8th grades) will be offered at a variety of locations in Central and Northeast Ohio, as well as California (Los Angeles and San Diego), Colorado (Loveland), New Jersey (Trenton), Rhode Island (Providence) and Georgia (DeKalb County). These full day, week-long camps allow students to take a deep dive into topics like: Programming, App Development, 3D Printing, Robotics and Web Development. To find a camp near you, visit www.techiecamp.org.

High School TechCampGet your applications in today for the #1 tech camp in Northeast Ohio!  Apply for High School Tech Camp and learn how to use technology to improve communities and solve problems.These full day, week-long camps, delivered in partnership with RITE, allow rising 9th – 12th grade students to take a deep dive into topics like: Programming (C#) and Cyber Security.  Visit www.techcorps.org/HSTC to find yours!

This summer, in addition to Techie Camp and High School Tech Camp, TECH CORPS will deliver IT On Ramp, Student CODE CORPS, Student TECH CORPS and Student WEB CORPS to close to 400 high school students in Ohio.

Information on all TECH CORPS programs can be found at www.techcorps.org/programs or by calling 614-583-9211.

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