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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

Register/Apply: http://bit.ly/1RqTpu1

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

Register/Apply: http://bit.ly/1Ut49KR

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

Student WEB CORPS

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 techcorps.org or follow us on Twitter @techcorps_org.

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About TECH CORPS:

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 www.techcorps.org, @techcorps_org or www.facebook.com/techcorps.national

NEO High School Students Benefit by Expanded Coding Camp Options This Summer

 

For Immediate Release:

March 29, 2016

NEO High School Students Benefit by Expanded Coding Camp Options This Summer
Summer coding camps part of year-round, systemic effort to grow IT talent in the region

tech_corps_press_361x320Cleveland, OHIO — TECH CORPS and RITE (Regional Information Technology Engagement) have brought together employers, higher education institutions, and tech organizations to offer free High School Coding Camps to more than 100 Northeast Ohio (NEO) students this summer.

The United States faces a declining number of students choosing computing majors, despite an increasing demand from employers for these skills.

“The fact is that while today’s students are the most tech-savvy generation ever, many have no interest in computing degrees or careers,” said Lisa M. Chambers, TECH CORPS National Executive Director.

A recent CompTIA survey of American teens found that while 96% of them report “liking” or “loving” technology, just 18% indicated an interest in pursuing a technology career. More than 60% of the students surveyed said they had “no knowledge” of what it is like to work in the technology sector.

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 NEO companies as well as learn about educational and career pathways in the region.

“I’m excited about the investment Northeast Ohio employers are making in their future workforce,” said Chambers. “Studies have shown that students who have opportunities to engage in computing experiences, in school or out of school, are more likely to consider a computing degree than those without these opportunities.”
The camps are sponsored by Bendix, Eaton Corp., NEOSIM, OEC, J.M. Smucker Company, Progressive Insurance, and Vertical Knowledge.

The camps will be held at Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Kent State University, Lorain County Community College and University of Akron.

As an IT Executive and the Chairman of the RITE Board, Bill Blausey, CIO of Eaton Corp, understands the challenges regional IT employers face. “Reaching students early in their educational career through initiatives like these camps is an essential part of a more systemic response to IT career pathway development in our region,” said Blausey.

“Frankly, there are just not enough girls going into IT,” said Kathy Golden, Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, OEConnection. “That is why OEConnection is partnering with Baldwin Wallace University to offer a girl’s only coding camp this year through this program.”

Up to 20 students will be selected for each camp based on their application, essay, and teacher letter of recommendation. The application, camp locations and dates can be found at RITE’s website: https://www.getithere.net/Employers/Summer+Coding+Camp.htm
Deadline for application is Friday April 22, 2016. Students will be notified week of May 16, 2016.

“RITE’s partnership with TECH CORPS continues to deepen and expand through this initiative and other collaborative activities,” said Courtney DeOreo, Administrator, of RITE. “Through RITE programs and partnerships, we are on track to double the number of high school students served through our expanding portfolio for regional high schools. We will put in a big plug for these camps at our upcoming Get IT Here! Summit on April 15 to the nearly 200 students expected to attend.”

This summer, in addition to the High School Coding camps, TECH CORPS will deliver technology programming to more than 1,000 elementary, middle and high school students. For details about the High School Coding Camp and other summer programs visit www.techcorps.org.

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About TECH CORPS:
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 www.techcorps.org, @techcorps_org or www.facebook.com/techcorps.national

About RITE
RITE is a collaboration of senior IT executives, educational leaders, and industry organizations that are committed to IT focused talent development in Northeast Ohio. RITE champions IT career development by proactively attracting, preparing and placing IT talent through dynamic industry, educator and community collaboration. This three pronged approach – Attract, Prepare, Place – is now known as the RITE “APP” and provides the strategic framework for RITE’s programs, projects and partnerships. Visit RITE at http://www.getithere.net

Media Contacts:
Lisa M. Chambers
lchambers@techcorps.org
614-583-9211

Courtney DeOreo
cdeoreo@lorainccc.edu
440-281-5615

The Big Give: Today is the Day!

TheBigGive_LogoThe most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world.
– Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation

You don’t have to be a world leader or a billionaire to give. The Big Give is about ordinary people coming together to do extraordinary things in our community.

Beginning today, May 12th at 10am and continuing through May 13th at 10am – every dollar you contribute to TECH CORPS will be amplified by The Columbus Foundation as part of their 24-hour community giving event called The Big Give!

  1. It’s easy to participate!
    1. CLICK on The Big Give banner when you visit www.columbusfoundation.org, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 12.
    2. SELECT “TECH CORPS Ohio” as your nonprofit of choice.
    3. GIVE securely using a major credit card, with a $20 minimum tax-deductible contribution.
    4. CELEBRATE, knowing that you are strengthening our community for all!

All donations made during The Big Give will be amplified by a pro rata portion of a $1.3 million bonus pool!

Thank you in advance for your support!!!

#TECHCORPS #BigGiveTCF

BLOG OF THE WEEK (3/16/15)

Today in Techie Club…
My fellow Americans…
Today in Techie Club we learned about the different ways computers will sort data/files. They were the Bubble Method, Insertion Method, Selection Method, and Bucket Method. Each one was more efficient than the others in my opinion. So HAH! to the other methods.
(cbssxm141, 18 March 2015)