In 2021, SIM Cleveland continued our proud tradition of helping to build the next generation of IT professionals. Each year, proceeds raised by our fund-raising activities are funneled directly into our education budget. We then take that money and go to work supporting local STEM and tech education initiatives.
SIM Cleveland’s education outreach initiatives support STEM programs that bring technology awareness and education to students ranging from grade school through college. We were able to support three specific tech education initiatives that benefited grade school, high school, and college students.
This year, we contributed $14,000 to education outreach initiatives. SIM Cleveland proudly supported the following organizations and programs in 2021:
Great Lake Science Center (GLSC)
SIM Cleveland supported two separate STEM programs hosted by The Great Lakes Science center for CMSD students.
In November, we provided scholarships to 27 students to participate in their Winter Break Camp. These are students that, without the support of SIM Cleveland, may not have been able to participate in this excellent program that helps to foster an early interest in technology.
In June, we sponsored an Emerging Technology Workshop which provided an opportunity for grade school students to explore encryption, crack codes, and learn about basic principles around data, networks, and cybersecurity.
GCP RITE/TechCorps Coding Camps
SIM Cleveland has been a proud sponsor of the GCP RITE/TechCorps coding camps for several years. The high school coding camp is a full-day, week-long experience designed to engage high school students in hands-on, technology learning experiences.
These coding camps provide high school age students from schools throughout Northeast Ohio the opportunity to learn coding, developing a valuable skill that can lead them on a continued path of technology education and careers.
In response to COVID-19, the coding camp was completely virtualized, allowing students to participate and learn valuable coding skills, despite the pandemic.
Several SIM Cleveland chapter members participated in employer engagement activities with these camps, sharing our IT career experience, watching coding project demonstrations, and offering support and encouragement to camp participants.
Local University Scholarships
We continued our long-standing tradition of providing scholarships to deserving students with technology related majors from local universities. These students have chosen an IT related major and are truly the future of technology in Northeast Ohio.
SIM Cleveland was proud to provide a scholarship to students from the following local universities:
- Akron University
- Kent State University
- Cleveland State University
Thank you to all SIM Cleveland chapter members, and to our valuable sponsors. Your support helps to generate funds that are used to play a pivotal role in developing the technology professionals and leaders of tomorrow.