Tech Collective is dedicated to technology awareness, inspiration, education, and engagement for all Rhode Island students. We partner and collaborate with many Rhode Island, regional, and national organizations to provide bioscience, information technology, and STEM opportunities to students, and oftentimes their educators as well. Below is just some of what we are connecting Rhode Island students, educators, and industry professionals too.
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Youth News & Programs:
Computer Science for Rhode Island
With Computer Science in all K-12 schools by the end of 2017, the next generation of Rhode Islanders will have the fundamental skills they need to thrive in a high-tech economy.
President Obama announced the Computer Science for All initiative at the beginning of the year in his State of the Union address. By providing $4 billion in funding for states, and $100 million directly for districts in his forthcoming budget to increase access to K-12 CS by training teachers, expanding access to high-quality instructional materials, and building effective regional partnerships. The funding will allow more states and districts to offer hands-on CS courses across all of their public high schools, get students involved early by creating high-quality CS learning opportunities in elementary and middle schools, expand overall access to rigorous science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) coursework.
CS4RI's partnerships include Brown University, Bootstrap, Code.org, Microsoft TEALS, Project Lead the Way, RI College, RIDE, RI Office of Innovation, RI STEM Center, and the University of Rhode Island.
President Obama's initiative is calling on even more Governors, Mayors, educations leaders, CEOs, philanthropists, creative media, technology professionals and others to get involved. P-Tech, an IT and cybersecurity program from IBM, offers a high school experience that includes an associate degree, work experience, and first-in-line job opportunities. P-Tech Rhode Island has partnered with the Commerce Corporation, CCRI, RIDe, SENEDIA, and the Tech Collective to prepare as many young people for the in-demand, high-tech jobs that our economy is demanding right now, and the jobs that will be available in the future.
The CS4RI has already paid dividends throughout Rhode Island. Here are some examples.
Chariho High School students have shown an incredible aptitude towards Computer Science, thanks to the CS4RI initiative. One senior, Lydia L., won recognition from the Nationa Aspirational Women in Computing and Technology. Another senior won a silver medal in Technical Computer applications at the National Skills USA competition. The same senior also won a gold medal in the statewide Skills USA competition. Two seniors earned silver medals in Web Design at the statewide skills competition. Fourteen juniors earned 3 undergraduate credits in Web Design from Central Maine Community College, while sixteen sophomores also completed 3 credits in PC Hardware, OS and Networks from the same school.
We are proud that these students are preparing themselves for tech careers, and hope to see more students take advantage of the opportunity to help drive Rhode Island's economy forward.
Chariho High School IT Program
The Computer Technology & Game Design program is a rigorous three-year, college prep, program of study. This area of (STEAM) Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics based workmanship is designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, principles, and techniques involved in the workings of a modern day computer system and its peripherals. Students completing the three-year program of studies are eligible to earn four transferable undergraduate credits from the University of Rhode Island in Cyber Security & Computer Forensics, and three articulated credits upon enrollment at New England Institute of Technology.
In the first year of study students are assigned individual and team projects in which they create, edit, save, print, and present files in a variety of mediums including game design for the PC. Highlights during year 1, include the “Principles of Information Technology, and Game Design Programming with crossover segments in Digital Media, Graphics, and HTML.
In the second year of study, students move away from the fundamental units of instruction and become more proficient at intermediate and advanced problem solving using the computer as both the tool and the object of digital production. Highlights during year 2 include “Cyber Security & Digital Forensics” resulting in eligibility to receive four undergraduate credits from the University of Rhode Island. Students further engage projects in Web Design with Adobe Dreamweaver, and Game Design Programming with crossover segments in Digital Media and Graphics.
In the third year of study students actively engage in the dynamic reshaping of technologies as they begin to seriously examine post-secondary & career related occupations within the Information Technology field. Highlighted during year 3 of the program is an opportunity to study and test for the IC3 industry certification/credential. Students successfully completing the three-year Computer Technology & Game Design program may carry over their undergraduate credits to the college or university of their choice.
This program will give students in-depth knowledge of these programs giving them valuable skills that allow them to contribute to the Rhode Island workforce immediately.
Warwick Area Career and Tech Center
During the program, students are studying industry-based curriculum to prepare for the CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) Certification or CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate) Certification upon completion of their coursework.
During their Senior year, students participate in an Internship program where they learn in the industry workplace during class scheduled time. They apply for the Internship, participate in a job interview, complete a resume and cover letter while learning soft skills.
Industry guest speakers give classroom presentations as well as field trips to see Industry professionals in the workplace and real-world networks, such as AAA of Southern New England, TF Green Airport, Electric Boat, Schneider Electric, and Atrion.
Guest speakers and field trips to college campuses also help guide students in their post-secondary decisions, such as New England Institute of Technology, CCRI - Warwick, and Johnson and Wales.
More about the program:
The CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum is a gateway to entry-level networking jobs and IT careers. The curriculum consists of 4, 70-hour courses: Introduction to Networks, Routing and Switching Essentials, Scaling Networks, and Connecting Networks. The first 2 courses prepare you for the Cisco CCENT certification exam or to study CCNA Security. All 4 courses are recommended before taking the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification exam.
Academy for Career Exploration
The Academy for Career Exploration (ACE) provides a full college prep curriculum with a focus on technology, design, and IT fundamentals. The program helps students identify interests, skills, and opportunities for smart college preparation and career readiness.
ACE envisions a rapidly evolving global work environment in the 21st Century. This environment will require constant learning to keep current with technology and the demands of college and the workplace. Schools must evolve to meet this ever changing need.
The Academy for Career Exploration is a small, safe school with a "family" environment. Up to 225 Providence students enroll in the ninth through twelfth grades each year.
Governor Raimondo will visit the Academy for Career Exploration this coming Tuesday, August 2nd, at 10:00 AM. She will meet the 18 Providence Public School District students who have been participating in the Bootstrap Coding Camp at ACE for the past 4 weeks.
The Bootstrap Coding Camp is part of the Governor’s CS4RI initiative. We have been providing this program in collaboration with Brown University and under the guidance of Joe Devine, ACE Program Advisory Council member, and friend of ACE. This camp has been included in Mayor Elorza’s Summer Learning Initiative.
GirlsGetMath@ICERM: Summer Math Camp for High School Girls
The program will take place at ICERM on the Brown University campus in historic Providence, RI.
Congratulations to our 2014 scholarship award winners!
Tech Collective's GRRL Tech is an interactive technology expo offering female high school students an up-close and engaging look into dynamic and rewarding technology opportunities. Through industry mentoring and hands-on workshops, GRRL Tech aims to encourage STEM learning, break down gender myths and offer career insight into STEM industries. In its more than 10 years of programming, GRRL Tech now welcomes an average of 500+ students annually and has reached over 3,000 high school girls and 500 educators. Funded in part by the Governor's Workforce Board and the Rhode Island Job Development Fund. 2013 GRRL Tech
STEM in the MIDDLE
The legacy of Junior Achievement is that all Rhode Island youth be given access to opportunity and success. Junior Achievement is a network of dedicated business and community volunteers sharing their success and real-life skills through JA's hands-on, experiential programs that teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Learn More
NCWIT is a non-profit coalition of over 200 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits working to improve U.S. innovation, competitiveness, and workforce sustainability by increasing women's participation in IT. NCWIT's work spans K-12 and higher education through industry and academic careers. Tech Collective is the RI NCWIT Co-Affiliate along with Roger Williams University. Learn More
The RI STEM Center, located at Rhode Island College, is committed to initiating and facilitating state-of-the-art professional development, research, and collaborative partnerships among PreK-college educators, teacher candidates, students, and other community stake-holders to advance STEM education. Learn More
Southern New England Girls Collaborative Project
The Southern New England Collaborative is a part of a nationwide consortium working to interest and inform girls of careers in the high-wage, high-tech and high-demand fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In bringing together Rhode Island and Massachusetts-based girl-focused programs and organizations, the Collaboration aims to expand upon the knowledge, resources, capacities, and reach needed to increase STEM participation and opportunities. Learn More.
Rhode Island Cyber Foundations Competition
US FIRST Robotics
SkillsUSA Rhode Island
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student to excel. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations, and for further education. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America. 2013 Student Biotech Competition
The Sophia Academy
Rhode Island EPSCoR
University of Rhode Island SMILE Program
Academies of Information Technology
Rhode Island Biotech Academies
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