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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.

It’s Official: TECH CORPS Celebrates BEST SUMMER EVER!!!

As we gear up for what promises to be an exciting school year for TECH CORPS –  we just wanted to take a moment to celebrate our BEST SUMMER EVER!!!

Thanks to an amazing group of sponsors and partners in just 10 weeks this summer, we implemented 72 programs and served more than 1200 students and 41 teachers.

A few highlights…

2016 TECH CORPS Summer Programs:

Techie Camp

Total number of camps offered this summer increased by 40%, and with a leadership investment from Nordson Corporation Foundation, TECH CORPS expanded Techie Camps into Atlanta, GA; Providence, RI and Trenton, NJ.

High School Coding Camp

More camps offered in Northeast Ohio this summer, including an all-girl camp, and we implemented the program in Central Ohio for the first time.

Computing Career Corps-Summer Bridge

We developed and launched this two-week computer science summer camp designed to increase the number and diversity of students enrolling in CS/IT Pathway programs in their high schools.  The program was piloted with students from four high schools.

Student WEB CORPS

TECH CORPS, in partnership with Franklin University, established a process for issuing college credits to students who successfully complete the Student WEB CORPS summer program.  Eighty-three Student WEB CORPS students received college credits.

Techie Workshops

New partnership with City of Columbus, Recreation and Parks Department brings computer science into two rec centers this summer!

E4Tech

More than 41 Ohio elementary school teachers participate in professional development designed to integrate computer science into STEM classrooms.  Program delivered in partnership with the Teaching & Learning Collaborative.

Thanks again to all of our sponsors and partners for our BEST SUMMER EVER!!!

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.

CONTACT:

Geo Money
OEC
330-523-1853