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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

More Programs, Partners, Locations and Students

TECH CORPS programs will reach more than 1,400 students this summer

ab8088f5-9318-479a-bf8f-f92e2a9c4e9dTECH CORPS and its partners are coming together to engage and inspire students in hands-on computer science and career awareness summer camps and programs.

This summer, more than 1,400 students will have an opportunity to participate in TECH CORPS summer programs designed to educate, excite and empower students with technology. Coding, Robotics, App Development and 3D printing are just some of the different topics that students will dive into this summer.

“Not only will we impact more students than ever in Ohio this summer,” said Lisa M. Chambers, National Executive Director of TECH CORPS.  “Thanks to a leadership investment from the Nordson Corporation Foundation, TECH CORPS is expanding programs to Georgia, New Jersey and Rhode Island.”

TECH CORPS programs serve students in the 3rd – 12th grades and run anywhere from one week to eight weeks.  Thanks to the support of a number of private and public donors, a majority of the programs offered this summer are free to families.

2016 TECH CORPS Summer Programs:

Techie Camp

Techie Camp is a full-day, week-long technology experience designed specifically for elementary and middle school students. The goal of Techie Camp is to engage students in activities that can stimulate a deeper interest in technology as well as provide opportunities for them to express their imaginations. Topics include: Programming, Robotics, App Development, Web Development and 3D Printing.

Locations: Several locations in Central and Northeast Ohio; Atlanta, GA; Providence, RI; Trenton, NJ


High School Coding Camp

The High School Coding Camps are designed to engage students in hands-on, interactive coding activities. The students will learn industry-standard programming languages and through a series of activities, they will be exposed to the same activities software developers encounter every day.  In addition to developing technical and 21st century skills, the students will interact with technology professionals from local companies as well as learn about educational and career pathways in the regions.

Locations: Several locations in Northeast Ohio; Columbus, OH; Urbana, OH


Computing Career Corps Summer Bridge

Through a number of hands-on activities and experiences, this two-week summer program introduces students to a variety of in-demand occupations in the field of technology, including programming, software engineering, 3D printing and app development. This program is designed to increase the number and diversity of students enrolling in CS/IT Pathway programs in their high schools.

Locations: Canal Winchester, OH; Columbus, OH; Marysville, OH; Reynoldsburg, OH


This eight-week “summer work experience” is specifically for 125 low-income, Franklin County high school students and is designed to strengthen their web development, project management and professionalism skills. Student-employees use their newly acquired skills to build websites for small businesses, organizations or causes. Students work 25 hours each week and earn an hourly salary.

Locations: Several locations in Franklin County

For program details, visit or follow us on Twitter @techcorps_org.



TECH CORPS was founded in 1995 by Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus of CIO Magazine and author of The U.S. Technology Skills Gap. Gary envisioned an organization which would challenge American volunteers to help K-12 schools build a technology infrastructure — much like the Peace Corps challenges men and women to help developing countries build their infrastructures. Building from a state pilot in Massachusetts, TECH CORPS developed technology programs and deployed tech-savvy volunteers to assist K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations across the country. Over the years, partners such as Cisco, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and NCTA have provided TECH CORPS with the fuel to deliver much-needed technology resources to K-12 students and teachers. Since 1995, more than 15,000 TECH CORPS volunteers have shared their time and talents assisting schools and nonprofit organizations in their communities.  Visit TECH CORPS on the web at, @techcorps_org or

Cardinal Solutions Group to host fundraising event


Columbus, OH – On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, CardinalSolutions Group, a national IT solutions provider, will host Arena Tech Night, a quarterly event open to anyone in the IT community. Technology topics are presented in a hands-on, interactive fashion by IT professionals in Central Ohio, including an Oculus Rift, the Path to Virtual Realitykeynote. Continue reading Cardinal Solutions Group to host fundraising event

Regional Partners Fuel TECH CORPS Expansion in NE Ohio

TECH CORPS Volunteer from Progressive assists Techie Club @ Greenview Upper ES students with their HTML puzzle.

Thanks to the support of great partners like JPMorgan Chase, Nordson Corporation Foundation and the Gelfand Engineering and Technology Education Fund at Case Western Reserve University, TECH CORPS is expanding program opportunities in Northeast Ohio. Continue reading Regional Partners Fuel TECH CORPS Expansion in NE Ohio

Aligning Our Program with the CSTA Standards

Increasing the availability of Computer Science offerings for all students, especially those who are members of underrepresented groups, is going to require an “all hands on deck” approach. Ensuring all students are exposed to the highest-quality curriculum and experiences can be realized if we commit to aligning our programs to the CSTA Computer Science Standards.
When Gary Beach founded TECH CORPS almost 20 years ago, he Continue reading Aligning Our Program with the CSTA Standards