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UC Welcomes Top High School Students for IT Careers Camp

Published:
Monday, December 19, 2016 6:21 PM
Local high school students to attend the 2011 INTERalliance IT Careers Camp at the UC College of Business, where they will explore IT career opportunities at local companies and design technology-based business plans that can create jobs for people with disabilities.

In partnership with the University of Cincinnati, the INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati is once again hosting the "TOBE" Competition to culminate its IT Careers Camp programs at UC this summer.  One hundred top local high school students will design new businesses leveraging technology to provide employment for people with disabilities served by United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati, Abilities First in Middletown, and Redwood of Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky.
 
Starting July 18th, the INTERalliance will conduct five sessions of its highly acclaimed IT Careers Camp at three regional universities for the sixth year. One hundred graduated sophomores from Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky high schools have been selected to participate in a unique week-long deep dive into technology-based problem-solving at local businesses, hosted by the University of Cincinnati College of Business, Miami University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Northern Kentucky University's College of Informatics.
 
The local corporate sponsors of this year's program include A.M. Kinney, Atos Origin, Cintas, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions, the Cincinnati CIO Roundtable, Citigroup, Fifth Third Bank, GE, Great American Insurance, KnowledgeWorks, Kroger, Lexis Nexis, Messer Construction, Pomeroy IT Solutions, Procter & Gamble, SAP America, TiER1 Performance Solutions, and Toyota.
 
Each one-week session will feature four corporate sponsored student teams competing in daily "problem-solving Olympics".  The teams propose IT solutions for real-world challenges at a different sponsor company each day. The capstone project of each team's week is their entry in the "Technology Optimized Business Enterprise" ("TOBE") Competition. Each team spends the week designing a business plan that leverages technology to employ people with disabilities. This competition brings the students in direct contact with the services and clients served by United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati,Abilities First in Middletown, and Redwood in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.
 
On the last day of each session, the student teams present their ideas for a new social enterprise for their "customer" agency to a panel of "celebrity judges" from the service agencies, university faculties, and corporate sponsors.  The team that earns the "Best Design" award each week splits a $500 cash prize.
 
Students from thirty-seven regional high schools will participate in the 2011 IT Careers Camp program. Schools represented include: Archbishop McNicholas, Badin, Calvary Christian School, Campbell County, Centerville, Cincinnati Christian Schools, Cincinnati Country Day, Hamilton, Hughes, Lakota East, LaSalle, Little Miami, Loveland, Mason, Miami Valley Christian Academy, Milford, Moeller, Mother of Mercy, Notre Dame Academy, Oak Hills, Purcell Marian, Cooper, Riverview East Academy, Seven Hills, St. Henry's, St. Ursula Academy, St. Xavier, Summit, Sycamore, Taft, Taylor, Turpin, Ursuline Academy, Villa Madonna, Walton-Verona, Woodward, and Wyoming High School.
 
About the INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati
The INTERalliance is a non-profit collaboration of businesses and educators formed in 2005 to "stop the brain drain" and attract bright local talent to careers in IT at local employers and the university courses of study that prepare them for this career pathway. The mission of the INTERalliance is to create a renowned, thriving and sustainable pool of IT talent in the Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky region that not only fulfills local demand, but also is strong enough to actually attract new employers to the area. More information is available online at www.interalliance.org.