Reaching So Many Students: Growing the IT Pipeline & Having Fun

IT-oLogy Upstate celebrated teaching our 100th student in early July and are going strong continuing with our Cyber Studio Summer Classes. We are on our way and looking forward to our next ‘100 students taught’ milestone. I want to thank our great volunteers that have helped us in each class set up and tear down computers, get our laptops from facility to facility, assist with registration and support the students when they have questions or need help. Those volunteers are Jonathan Kilgore, a junior from USC Upstate, and Cole Calhoun from J.L. Mann High School. Our volunteer teachers have been Doug Glenn, Michael Hess and Steven Scheib.  All of these volunteer teachers were so very patient and have helped so many children further their interest in the IT field and learn introductory IT skills.

IT-oLogy Upstate is so fortunate to have the opportunity to work together with all of these wonderful volunteers. Last but not least, we are grateful to ECPI University Greenville for providing us classrooms that meet our needs for teaching all of our wonderful students. Our children have been so fortunate to learn so much in such a short period of time. During the month of July we have completed modules in HTML, Light Bot 2.0, Blockly, Codecademy and most recently a marathon session in Python.

It is such a wonderful experience to see how these children are enamored at their own success in solving problems, writing their own code, learning a new programming language and having so much fun all at the same time. We are so proud of their successes and hope we are able to reach many more students in our classes coming up in the fall. If you would like to be a part of our success, volunteer in the classroom or as an instructor, or are able to provide classroom space in the Upstate please contact Lisa Calhoun at lisa.calhoun@www.it-ology.org. Our fall schedule will be posted shortly – please remember to look us up on Eventbrite and search “IT-oLogy Upstate” to reserve your space early.

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