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OEC Sponsors Two High School Summer Camps to Help Kids Learn to Code

CLEVELAND, OH, August 22, 2017 – OEConnection LLC (OEC), a leading technology employer in Northeast Ohio, sponsored a girls-only coding camp and a newly launched cyber security camp in partnership with TECH CORPS and RITE (Regional Information Technology Engagement).  OEC sponsorship allowed participating students to access an interactive curriculum taught by two certified TECH CORPS instructors, a Camp Kit that included supplies and software, evaluations and assessments, training and ongoing support.

OEC sponsored the girls-only coding camp, held on July 17-21, 2017, at Baldwin Wallace University, for a second consecutive year. Twenty high school girls attended the week-long camp designed to provide students with hands-on C# coding experience to learn computer programming concepts and skills.

New this year, the cyber security camp, held on July 24-28, 2017 at Cleveland State University, offered twenty students with coding experience the opportunity to participate in labs and challenges to recognize and identify cyber security vulnerabilities.

“ The need for technology skills in the region continues to grow, as evidenced by the number of on-going tech-related job openings, and we want to do whatever we can to mitigate the shortage of talent to fill those roles,” said Kathy Golden, OEC Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer. “Sponsoring these coding camps, in partnership with TECH CORPS and RITE, is just one way we can empower young minds to pursue a rewarding future.”

"We are deeply grateful for OEC's continued investment in the work of TECH CORPS," said Lisa M. Chambers, TECH CORPS National Executive Director.  "Partners like OEC provide TECH CORPS with the fuel to develop and deliver programs designed to support students' curiosity and creativity through the lens of computer science."

“Creating hands-on opportunities for high school students to develop critical job-related skills for a future career in I.T. is possible only with the support and participation of our corporate sponsors,” said Courtney DeOreo, Director of RITE.  “These companies don’t just sign checks.  They agree to engage with the students, providing a much needed glimpse into what it means to be a software developer or information security specialist for a local company.  This participation excites the students about the possibilities in the region and makes their learning real.”

This is the third year that OEC has sponsored the TECH CORPS and RITE coding camps. 

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About OEC OEConnection (OEC) is the leading automotive technology provider for OEM distribution networks, enabling automakers and dealerships around the world to deliver parts and service information quickly and accurately into the hands of repairers in collision, fleet, mechanical and retail segments, as well as their own service lanes, through a suite of parts cataloging, supply chain, pricing, ecommerce, service and business intelligence solutions.  OEC serves nearly 50 international auto brands and fleet companies, and more than 100,000 dealership and repair customers worldwide.  OEC is headquartered in the greater Cleveland area at 4205 Highlander Parkway, Richfield, Ohio, USA, 44286.  Additional information is available at www.oeconnection.com or by emailing Geo Money at Geo.Money@oeconnection.com.

About TECH CORPS TECH CORPS was founded in 1995 by Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus of CIO Magazine and author of The U.S. Technology Skills Gap. Gary envisioned an organization which would challenge American volunteers to help K-12 schools build a technology infrastructure - much like the Peace Corps challenges men and women to help developing countries build their infrastructures. Building from a state pilot in Massachusetts, TECH CORPS developed technology programs and deployed tech-savvy volunteers to assist K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations across the country. Over the years, partners such as Cisco, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and NCTA have provided TECH CORPS with the fuel to deliver much-needed technology resources to K-12 students and teachers. Since 1995, more than 15,000 TECH CORPS volunteers have shared their time and talents assisting schools and nonprofit organizations in their communities. Visit TECH CORPS on the web at www.techcorps.org, @techcorps_org or www.facebook.com/techcorps.national

About RITE RITE is a collaboration of senior IT executives, educational leaders, and industry organizations that champion IT career development by proactively attracting, preparing and placing IT talent. Visit RITE on the web at www.getithere.net; Facebook: getithere