Get Ready for a Great Experience - TECH CORPS

(l-r): Marte’ Allen, Genesis Clarke, Zanna Staton, Ather (AJ) Keys, Dr. Billy Kennedy, Rena Roundtree and Will Paull.

Computing Career Corps (CCC) students will receive a 21st century technology education experience and our program staff will play a vital role. That’s why our CCC program staff receives in-depth training before they engage with our students. The group in this photo is preparing to lead our 2023 CCC program that runs February – May in Central Ohio.

For many of our students, this will be their first experience with robotics using mBots and Lingo kits. Seasoned TECH CORPS Instructor Zanna Staton explained, “It’s exciting to connect and guide students as they explore hands-on technology activities.”

TECH CORPS is a safe space for students to try new things. As a student’s knowledge base grows, they become more confident. Rene Roundtree is a CCC Instructor.  She shared, “I cannot wait to work with students, helping them with all the incredible technology projects we have for them this year. Having that in-person experience with the students will give them the opportunity to try, make mistakes, and try again!”

Many of our program staff come from computer science backgrounds. Their professional experience will help students understand how the technology is used in the real-world. Ather (AJ) Keys is ready to share his knowledge. He said, “I’m excited to bring information technology and coding skills to youth who aren’t normally introduced to the trade.”

Program staff will introduce coding as students use their creativity and imagination to design retro games using MakeCode Arcade. TECH CORPS Program Assistant Marte’ Allen is looking forward to serving the students and being a resource of information. “TECH CORPS has so much to offer students and my hope is to get them connected,” he explained.

If our students can imagine it, our program staff can help them make it with 3D Printing using Dremel/TinkerCad. Our program staff will educate our students on app development using MIT App Inventor. TECH CORPS Programs & Curriculum Manager Will Paull said, “I’m excited to see the students share their ideas throughout the program.”

Computing Career Corps introduces students to a variety of in-demand occupations in the field of technology. Genesis Clarke is a returning instructor. She has seen first-hand how the program increases students’ awareness of technology careers. She shared, “As students learn new technology trends, I can show them how those topics are connected to the world of computer science.”

Our program staff is ready to lead the way for our next generation of technology professionals. The 2023 CCC program is filled with exciting technology learning experiences. Be sure to share this story with any Franklin County 9th or 10th grade parent. Those interested in signing up for Computing Career Corps can email Program Manager Rebecca Dillow at for more information but don’t delay, the program is filling up fast!