GROW Community Resources

Want to help grow West Michigan's future IT workforce? Connect with these organizations to engage students in the technology field! Check out our Event Calendar for more ways to get involved.

 
 
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Bitcamp

  • Day long opportunity for 7th and 8th grade girls to learn what its like to be a software developer
  • Hands on introduction into Software Development led by are professionals and university students
  • If you would like to participate as a mentor or host a Bitcamp, please contact Beth Van Slyke at bvanslyke@ostusa.com
 
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Bizstream Academy

  • Three week summer coding bootcamp for students
  • Students learn useful web development skills such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

  • Consider supporting Bizstream Academy by visiting http://www.bizstreamacademy.com/#support
 
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Girls Who Code

  • After school program for girls grades 6-12 to use computer science
  • Work on a project using computer science to solve a problem that is relevant to your club and community

  • Current Local Initiatives – to get involved or sponsor one of the sessions, email one of the individuals below

    o   Calvin College – Joel Adams (adams@calvin.edu)

    o   Cornerstone Univeristy – Victoria Fleenor (victoria.fleenor@cornerstone.edu)

 
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Loop Coding Center

  • Loop Coding Center is a tech startup with the purpose to fix the diversity gap in the tech world by providing coding workshops and bootcamps to teenagers
  • Looking for girls and boys from 12 to 18 years old who are eager to learn about technology and programming. In addition, we also would like to get people to volunteer in our organization
  • Anyone can reach us by email at loopcodingcenter@gmail.com , or visit Loop Coding Center on Facebook
 
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Midwest Tech Project

  • Engages under represented communities within the tech industry including African American and Latino Hispanic communities

  • Participates in engagement events (career fairs, tech forums)

  • Cohorts of 25 students engaged in bi-weekly mentoring program housed at Baxter Community Center

  • To become a mentor: https://midwesttechproject.org/get-involved/mentorship/

 
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West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT)

  • Programs which empower urban teens to affect social change through applying design thinking, arts and technology to critical thinking, inquiry and practical application in the community
  • Year round and summer programs to teach students technology skills
  • To get more information to support Teen Programs or sponsor, contact: Trudy Ngo-Brown (Trudy.ngo-brown@wmcat.org)  

 
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Michigan Council of Women in Technology

  • Looks to inspire, engage, and work to grow the number of women in technology fields
  • Coordinates and runs Camp Infinity, a summer technology camp for girls in grades 5-8.

  • See how you can get involved by visiting https://www.mcwt.org/Partner_with_MCWT_36.html

 
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MiCareerQuest

  • Hands on job exploration event for students grades 6-12. 
  • Over 9,000 students are exposed to in demand careers with hands on exhibits from local employers in a one day event. 
  • Get involved by visiting: https://www.micareerquest.org/exhibit