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September 2015 Director’s Message

September 2015 Director’s Message

Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith

Hello Everyone,

And thank you once again for taking the time to read our newsletter.

I want to start by giving you some great news about an initiative and partnership between Computer Mentors Group (CMG) and Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF).  CMG and TBTF have agreed to jointly pursue bringing an initiative called TechHire to the Tampa Bay area.  

TechHire is a national initiative geared at creating pathways to better, well-paying tech jobs and meeting urgent employer demand across the nation.  There are 21 other communities that have adopted this initiative, and we feel that this certainly needs to happen here in Tampa Bay.  The initiative is designed to rapidly prepare individuals for well-paying jobs in technology careers through nontraditional approaches like coding “boot camps,” and high-quality online courses.

Potentially joining us as partners are AMIKids and Tampa Innovation Alliance (Mark Sharpe and company).  We also are talking to CareerSource Tampa Bay and would like to invite other interested parties and companies to join the initiative.  The benefits of joining the partnership will include the availability of interns trained specifically to use the tools your organization uses so they are productive on day one. This will be a great way to reduce hiring and training costs and also provide the opportunity to “try before you buy”, potential new staff members.  If interested in learning more, please contact me at RSmith@computermentors.org.

I also would like to give a huge thank you to our newest contributor, the Tampa Yankees Foundation.  The Foundation’s generous donation will support the STEM Corps High School Program and assist with partially meeting a matching grant opportunity from Conn Memorial Foundation.  This annual challenge stipulates a dollar for dollar match for new grants received before Nov. 1, 2015. Thank you again to the Tampa Yankees Foundation.
Lastly, we are in need of your support to continue our KidsCode Program.  Your help is especially needed in the South Hillsborough County and Wimauma area, where there is currently a waiting list, but no funding to continue the program.  After partnering with the Tampa Recreation Department and providing the program to about 120 children for the summer, we have exhausted funding for all but two locations, C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Library, and Sulphur Springs K-8 School.  

Children everywhere love this program that teaches them how to program computers and robots.  We call on your support to meet this need.  Please click on our “Donate” button below to make a donation.

Thank you.

Ralph Smith

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