– On April 13, 2018 over 100 Montgomery middle school students will have a chance to get one on one interaction with local leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math as well as Information Technology careers at Camp IT. This hands-on camp is organized by TechMGM
, the partnership behind Montgomery’s technology strategy, with a goal of developing a strong workforce ready to create and work for innovative companies in Montgomery and the Montgomery AFCEA Chapter
Charisse Stokes, Chief Strategist for TechMGM explained that the program which has existed for over ten years is expanding in response to an increased demand for talent. “At a time when Montgomery is attracting more attention from technology companies and innovators than ever, it’s vital we continue to develop a strong workforce with the passion and abilities in IT and STEM sectors. And this kind of career opportunity can be transformative for Montgomery’s students,” said Stokes.
From 9-10 a.m. students will hear from Ms. Stokes about careers and degree programs, from local tech entrepreneur and advocate Boyd Stephens on ways to use talent and passion for tech to get involved locally, and from Col. William Sparrow, commander of Alabama’s 187th Fighter Wing about aviation career opportunities.
From 10 –noon, the students will have hands-on STEM oriented projects with instructors and students from Alabama State University, Auburn University Montgomery, Trenholm State Community College, Troy University and Alabama Department of Transportation to see first-hand how STEM and IT ideas become reality through computers. In addition, several airmen from the 187th Fighter Wing and Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Bases will lead the students in cybersecurity exercises and real world cyber-attack demonstrations.
Registration for this free camp was open to Montgomery public and private school students through their school guidance counselors until April 4, 2018. Parents are encouraged to reach out to their school to be made aware of this and other opportunities in the future.
Camp IT is sponsored by the Montgomery AFCEA Chapter, Alabama State University, Alabama Community College System, Alabama Department of Transportation, Auburn University Montgomery, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Trenholm State Community College, and Troy University.
For more information on TechMGM and the training now offered, visit www.techmgm.com.
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TechMGM is a collaboration between local industry, educational and government entities working together to connect and leverage Montgomery’s unique technology assets. This initiative will maximize the community’s technology talent pipeline and promote the city as an emerging and innovative technology hub to enhance the workforce and grow the regional economy. An online clearing house of resources is available at www.techmgm.com.