Monthly Archives: November 2013

Getting young women interested in STEM

Here is a November 24th article from Rutland Herald about the STEM Equity Pipeline program in Vermont: Vermont career centers push for more young women in STEM.

In the latest effort to close the gap, the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity — a National Science Foundation-funded program — chose Vermont to participate in the STEM Equity Pipeline, which will “develop strategies to increase female student participation and completion in STEM,” according to a statement.

The two-year project establishes a Career Technical Education workgroup, made up of public- and private-sector leaders from across the state. Team members include participants from the Vermont Agency of Education, the Vermont Department of Labor, the state’s Commission on Women, the Community College of Vermont, Stafford Technical Center, and Burton Snowboards, among others.

Note: You many need to have an online subscription to the Rutland Herald to view above article link.

Here is the website for nation program of STEM Equity Pipeline.

Here is the contact information for Vermont’s STEM Equity Pipeline program.

On a related note, I participated in this year’s VT Hackathon on October 11-12 in Winooski, with two other friends (we are all alumni from Marlboro Grad Center in Brattleboro, MSIE 2007).  One of the featured orgs at this year’s VT Hackathon was Girl Develop IT, which has a Burlington, VT chapter.

If there any female tech geeks out there, please consider attending the Brainstorm meeting for Rutland Tech Club at the Rutland Free Library, Fox Room, January 11, 2014, from 1-3 PM.

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Stafford Tech will add STEM Academy in Fall 2014

Some good news for Tech Education in Rutland.  Please see the November 14th article in Rutland Herald: Stafford Tech swaps out programs.

The local technical center will replace a program that teaches skills in hospitality and tourism with one focused on science and technology.

Lyle Jepson, director of Stafford Technical Center, made the announcement Tuesday night as he discussed the center’s proposed budget with the Rutland City School Board.

During the past year, there has been increased interest in having school programs that focus on STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math. Stafford will roll out its STEM academy with 16 students in the fall of 2014, and to make room, it will cut the recreation, resort and small-business management program.

Note: You many need to have an online subscription to the Rutland Herald to view above article link.

Although it may be sad news for those interested in the hospitality industry (Vermont does have a strong tourism economy), it is nonetheless good news for students who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

CCV Rutland offers FREE Digital Marketing courses

Here is some good news from November 25th article in Rutland Herald about free courses at CCV.

Rutland County residents looking to retrain for the 21st century — or employers looking to raise their profile in the online marketplace — can take some free classes at the Community College of Vermont.

CCV is currently offering a trio of classes to help today’s businesses to thrive in the Internet marketplace: introduction to Internet marketing; search engine marketing and optimization; and Web analytics.

Note: You many need to have an online subscription to the Rutland Herald to view above article link.

But you can also view another page from CCV website, announcing several days of “Open Houses” to promote these new Digital Marketing courses: Free Coffee and Free Courses Open House!

CCV – Rutland Open house dates:
Wednesday, December 11, 8 am – 9 pm
Thursday, December 12, 8 am – 9 pm
Friday, December 13, 8 am – 4 pm
60 West Street, Rutland
802-786-6996

I will be checking out the CCV Open House myself.  Sounds like a great opportunity for Rutland area folks and small businesses.

Recommended online training website

Between now and the January 11th “brainstorm” meeting at Rutland Free Library …

… for those who might be wondering what kinds of IT skills you could learn and apply, here is an online training website (W3Schools) that I recommend, and reference often when coding.

W3Schools covers many types of computer languages, data formats and software tools that are available for building web apps and other computer applications.  The site offers both tutorials and great reference pages.  Check it out: HTML, CSS, PHP, AJAX, etc., a virtual “alphabet soup” of tech tools!

http://www.w3schools.com/

Hope to see you on January 11th, 2014.

Ron

Brainstorm meeting for a Tech Club in Rutland, VT

Saturday, January 11, 2014, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Rutland Free Library, Fox Room (upstairs)
10 Court Street, Rutland, Vermont

Are you interested in learning some new computer and technology skills?  Beyond basic computer literacy, like modern computer programming languages, open source software, databases, website / webapp development and hosting, networking and security?

Would you like to meet others who have similar interests in learning and applying new tech skills?

Would you like to start or join a Rutland Tech Club?

Perhaps we could later start a local “tech corps”, that could help local non-profit orgs or churches with IT assistance and projects.

We will have a “brainstorm” meeting at the Rutland Free Library to discuss peoples’ interests and ideas.  This event is open to all ages: teens, college students, adults and seniors.

Is there something you are interested in learning?  Do you have an IT skill to share with others?  We look forward to meeting you and hearing your ideas and interests.

For more information or questions, please contact:

Ron Pulcer: rutlandtechclub@gmail.com

Stephen Waite: stephen.waite@cmsvt.com