TECH CORPS

Educating, Exciting and Empowering Students with Technology

aka TECH CORPS Ohio   |   Columbus, OH   |  www.techcorps.org

Mission

The Mission of TECH CORPS' is three-fold and is achieved through: • PROGRAMS: We design computer science and IT programs that are rigorous, relevant and fun. These programs range from awareness to exploration to immersion. • PEOPLE: We recruit, train and support technology talent to implement TECH CORPS programs. • PARTNERS: We work with partners, who believe as we do and together we provide students and teachers access to programs designed to educate, excite and empower.

Ruling year info

2005

National Executive Director

Lisa M Chambers

Main address

6600 Busch Boulevard Suite 210

Columbus, OH 43229 USA

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EIN

16-1703355

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

Computer Science (U41)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

TECH CORPS believes studying computer science, regardless of a student's ultimate occupation, provides the critical computational thinking, knowledge and practices necessary to be ready for college or career. TECH CORPS develops computer science and technology programs and deploys tech-savvy talent to educate, excite and empower K-12 students and teachers.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

E4Tech

This curriculum and professional development initiative for 3rd-4th grade educators is designed to emphasize mathematics through a computer science curriculum focused on Programming, Robotics and Circuits.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Techie Club includes 40+ hours of hands-on, interactive activities tied directly to national CSTA Computer Science standards for 3rd – 6th grade students. The lessons focus on a variety of computing topics, promote 21st century skills and provide students with an awareness of technology and STEM-related careers.

Program Components
Techie Club exposes students to different technology and engineering concepts to incite interest and encourage exploration. Components include:
- Lessons covering topics such as Computer Programming, Web Development, Hardware, Software, Internet, Digital and Social Media, Technology Careers, and Robotics
- Student Social Network (digital citizenship) and Blogs (reflective writing)
- Club Kit that includes student supplies, software and materials
- Evaluations and Assessments
- Training and ongoing support

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Student TECH CORPS® delivers tech support training and certification to middle and high school students, and then harnesses their knowledge to power a Student-Run Help Desk to provide valuable technical support in their school buildings or communities. This program may be run during the school day as a part of the regular curriculum, during study hall or as an afterschool activity.

Program Components
Student TECH CORPS: Hardware delivers core information technology training to students through a structured, educator developed and tested program that provides:
- Basic Technology Training: 30 hours of online training in hardware repair, operating systems, software applications, networking, computer peripherals, and professionalism/customer relations.
- Testing and Certification: Online, performance-based testing of student knowledge, with 80% mastery required for basic-level certification.
- Student-Run Help Desk: All procedures, training, and call tracking capabilities needed to successfully implement a student-run help desk to support and complement existing technology infrastructure.
- Student Social Network (digital citizenship) and Blogs (reflective writing)
- STC Kit with student supplies
- Evaluations and Assessments
- Training and ongoing support

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Techie Camp is a full day, week long program designed to engage elementary and middle school students in hands-on, interactive STEM-related activities. Students take a deep dive into subject matter focused on Robotics, Programming, Android App or Web Development and emerge with skills that are useful in today’s' classroom and tomorrow's workplace.

Program Components
Techie Camps put students in the role of creating and designing with technology—not just passively using and consuming it. Components include:
- Two tested and certified instructors trained to use Techie Camp curriculum
- Student Social Network (digital citizenship), Blogs (reflective writing), Project presentations
- Camp Kit that includes student supplies, software and materials
- Evaluations and Assessments
- Training and ongoing support

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Student WEB CORPS provides high school students with a suite of web development, project management and professionalism skills and then challenges them to apply those skills in the authentic task of building a website for a small business or nonprofit organization in their community. This program may be run during the school day as a summer experience or after-school activity.

Program Components
The program shares the traditional TECH CORPS values of mentoring and tech skill development and is comprised of the following components:
- Web Development Training: Fundamentals of web development using HTML, XHTML, and CSS.
- Testing and Certification: Online and performance-based testing of each student’s knowledge, requiring 80% mastery to achieve basic-level certification.
- Web Development Team: All procedures, training, and tools required to successfully implement a web design team project.
- Student Social Network (digital citizenship), Blogs (reflective writing), Site Presentations
- SWC Kit with student supplies
- Evaluations and Assessments
- Training and ongoing support

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

This week long experience is designed to engage high school students in hands-on, interactive coding activities. Coding Camp will allow students to learn the concepts of computer programming and encourage them to think about complex ideas and concepts rationally and logically.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

This program introduces students to a variety of in-demand occupations in the field of technology including computer programming, software engineering, robotics, 3D printing and app development through a number of hands-on activities and experiences.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

TECH CORPS Unplugged is designed to educate, excite and empower students with the “T” in STEM. Each kit will include unplugged lessons, supplies and swag! Through these engaging activities, students will learn about topics ranging from algorithms to virtual reality. The lessons and activities can be used alone or with siblings and family members. In addition to computer science concepts, students will learn valuable 21st-century skills such as teamwork, innovation, problem-solving and critical thinking.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

2013 Top Rated Nonprofit 2013

Great Nonprofit

TechColumbus 2009

Technology Innovation Award in Nonprofit Service Delivery

SBC Foundation and Partners in Education 2000

National Telecommunications Partnership Award

Ohio's BEST 2000

Ohio’s Promising Practices in Education

2016 Top Rated Nonprofit 2016

Great Nonprofits

2018 Top Rated Nonprofit 2018

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2019 Top Rated Nonprofit 2019

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2020 Top Rated Nonprofit 2020

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Vision: A technologically literate society in which all K-12 students have equal access to the technology skills, programs and resources that will enrich their education and allow them to successfully compete in the global workforce.

Our Goals:
• Provide K-12 students with a valuable set of technology skills to enrich their education today and prepare them for college or career tomorrow.
• Recruit technology volunteers to provide K-12 students and teachers with equal access to high-quality technology programs, resources and support.
• Increase the number of students interested in pursuing technology degrees, certifications and careers.

TECH CORPS achieves its mission through Programs, People and Partners.

• PROGRAMS Bringing additional technology resources to K-12 students and teachers through national, state and local programs such as Student TECH CORPS, Student WEB CORPS, Techie Camp, and Techie Club.
• PEOPLE Recruiting and supporting tech-savvy volunteers from the community to advise and assist schools and youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the integration of new technologies.
• PARTNERS Increasing educational technology resources through partnerships with education, business, government and community.

TECH CORPS believes that to ensure a technologically-literate workforce tomorrow, we must take a holistic approach to growing, nurturing and supporting students today. For more than 20 years, TECH CORPS has been dedicated to bringing additional technology resources to K-12 students and teachers through the development of technology programs and the deployment of technology professionals to assist with the implementation of said programs. TECH CORPS believes studying computer science, regardless of a student's ultimate occupation, provides the critical computational thinking, knowledge and practices necessary to be ready for college or career.

Today's students are the most tech-savvy generation ever, yet many have no interest in technology-related degrees or careers. A 2012 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. As Malcolm Gladwell shows in his book Outliers, technology pioneers Bill Gates, Paul Allen and Steve Jobs all had access to high-end, informal (out of school) computing experiences at a young age setting them up to become fearless creators instead of low-end users of technology.

The students supported through TECH CORPS programs have an opportunity to participate in fun, high-quality experiences exploring the "T" in STEM. Through their experiences, these students begin to make connections between the technology they love to use and the creation of such technology. This intervention and introduction of early learners ignites their imagination and equips them with the skills, knowledge and abilities to confidently enter STEM education and career pathways.

TECH CORPS was founded in 1995 by Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus of CIO Magazine. 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, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, NCTA and Time Warner Cable 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 with K-12 students and schools, delivering in-person support valued at more than $21-million to U.S. schools.

With seed funding from Battelle, JPMorgan Chase and The Columbus Foundation, TECH CORPS launched programs in Ohio in 1999. Since that time TECH CORPS programs have been implemented with schools and youth-serving nonprofit organizations in 24 Ohio counties. Because of the successes of the TECH CORPS Ohio chapter as well as the local, state and national recognition of its programming, in 2011 the National TECH CORPS Board of Trustees transferred the national charter to Ohio thus establishing Columbus, Ohio as the new national TECH CORPS headquarters.

Four new TECH CORPS programs, developed in Ohio, are emerging nationally as TECH CORPS continues to respond to the evolving needs of our nation's K-12 students and schools.

Most K-12 students are enthusiastic users and consumers of technology. They hardly remember a time when there was no Internet, e-mail, cell phones, electronic toys, or digital media. The goal of TECH CORPS programs is to put students in the role of creating and designing with technology--not just using and consuming it.

As a result students will:
•Increase their understanding and knowledge of how to use technology to expand their own learning
•Elevate their confidence with STEM-related concepts and skills in a safe and supportive environment
•Develop valuable 21st century skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking
•Develop positive attitudes and perceptions about the relevance of technology to their educational and professional success
•Increase their awareness of STEM-related educational and career pathways
•Interact with positive role models employed in technology and STEM-related occupations

TECH CORPS has laid a strong foundation for engagement, education, and careers in IT/CST by introducing children as young as 8 years old (3rd grade) to a broad range of computing topics. Outcomes are positive and encouraging. TECH CORPS students, in Ohio and Texas, involved as 4th graders, have and are now returning to sign up for high school programs. Others introduced to TECH CORPS programs in high school, are now studying IT/CS at college and working in IT-related positions in the region. The programs continue to receive highly positive feedback from students, teachers, volunteers, parents, and the corporate partners that support the programs.

Financials

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TECH CORPS

Board of directors
as of 3/31/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Patricia Barron

Teaching and Learning Collaborative

Term: 2020 - 2021


Board co-chair

Gary Beach

CIO Magazine

Term: 2021 - 2022

Karen Smith

National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future

Lindsay Miller

Ice Miller, LLP

Mitch DeShane

Schneider Downs

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/15/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

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