Oberlin HS Alumni Prepare Next Generation of Tech Innovators - TECH CORPS
(l-r): Jabir Emeka (Instructor), Marcala Moore (Program Assistant), Victoria Jackson (Instructor and Site Coordinator), David Payne III (Instructor and Site Coordinator), Syncere Shaid (Instructor), Cameron Payne (Instructor), and Mar’Sean Moore (Instructor).

(Lorain, Ohio) TECH CORPS will train and deploy seven Oberlin High School graduates as summer staff for its technology programs in Lorain County this summer.

TECH CORPS Northeast Ohio Regional Manager Michelle Moore believes in hiring local talent to encourage local students. Moore explained, “I can’t think of a better way to show our Lorain County students that they are valued and have infinite potential than by hiring local grads to empower them.”

Moore’s own children currently attend and have graduated from Lorain County schools. She has been with TECH CORPS implementing and growing technology programs for students in Northeast Ohio since 2018. 

Syncere Shahid is a 2021 graduate of Oberlin High School and currently attends Cuyahoga Community College. He will be a Techie Camp instructor. “I hope to have a positive impact on the youth by sharing my knowledge and experience in the field,” Shahid said. “I aim to inspire and guide young people to explore the possibilities of technology and to develop the skills they need to succeed in this fast-evolving industry.”

Jabir Emeka, a 2021 Oberlin High School graduate, will be an instructor for IT on Ramp at Langston Middle School, Student WEB CORPS at Langston Middle School and Techie Camps. “I intend to show black students that they belong and that their voices matter,” Emeka shared. “I intend to show these students that their minds are valuable and that they can make it in this field as long as they put in the work.”

Rounding out the Oberlin High School alumni are Marcala Moore, Victoria Jackson, Cameron Payne, David Payne III, and Mar’Sean Moore who will work as program assistants, instructors, and site coordinators. TECH CORPS will offer 13 tech programs for elementary, middle and high school students in Lorain County this summer. All programs are free to students, but students must apply before the deadline. Lorain County program sponsors include the Nordson Corporation Foundation, The Nord Family Foundation, The Stocker Foundation, and OhioMeansJobs-Lorain County.