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

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.

CONTACT:

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

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