(TNS) – Several Lorain County high school students had the opportunity this summer to learn skills in web development, project management and employability, according to a news release.
The youth participated in Student WEB CORPS – a flagship program of TECH CORPS, a national nonprofit organization committed to ensuring all K-12 students have access to high-quality technology programs. Students from Lorain Schools, Elyria Schools, Clearview Schools and Ohio Virtual Academy in Avon participated in the learning and earning experience, the statement said.
This is the second summer that TECH CORPS has offered the program in Lorain County.
The Lorain County Community Foundation, Nord Family Foundation, Nordson Corporation Foundation and Lorain County Ohio Means Jobs each helped make this year’s programming possible, according to the release.
“Job readiness, digital literacy and the ability to work with others immediately come to mind as vital foundational skills for the future,” said Jeremy Cordes, youth program manager for Ohio Means Jobs- Lorain County, in the release. “These are the skills the students learned while attending Student WEB CORPS this summer.
“They developed job-readiness skills as the program provided them with teamwork opportunities and improved their digital literacy skills.”
“The Community Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for young people in Lorain County,” Britt Lovett, marketing communications manager for the Community Foundation of Lorain County, said in the release. “The Student WEB CORPS program provides students with basic computer and computer skills that are transferable once they graduate from high school.
“Working together with the Lorain County Urban League, Elyria High School, Oberlin High School and Ohio Means Jobs allows more Lorain County youth to participate in the program.”
As part of the six-week Student WEB CORPS program, students worked in teams to create websites for their fictional clients.
This year, three teams of students collaborated with fictitious volunteer clients.
Technology professionals James Kerekes of Ernst and Young, Tony Clark of Hyland and Adeline Dascoli of Barentz worked with students to practice professional approaches during client meetings that culminated in a comprehensive group presentation of their final product.
“I was inspired by the creativity of the students and I could tell they were proud of the work they had done,” Dascoli, system analyst at Barentz, said in the statement. “The end result was great.”
The knowledge acquired in a TECH CORPS program goes far beyond technical skills.
“My favorite thing about Student WEB CORPS was how the instructors implemented creativity in our classes, but also teamwork,” said Nahiomy Guzmán, a recent graduate from the schools of the city of Lorain, in the press release. “Getting to know all these new people and working well with them is really good for me.”
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