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CCCCD Tech Camp In Need Of Industry Mentors

CCCCD Tech Camp In Need Of Industry Mentors

MAY 7, 2002 - Collin County Community College District is looking for mentors for Tech Camp 2002, a high-tech summer experience designed to bring math and science to life for local students entering grades 7 - 10 in fall 2002. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Brandenburg Life Foundation, Texas Instruments, Nortel Networks and Ericsson, Tech Camp 2002 focuses on early training for emerging and high-demand wireless occupations.

According to Beth Kolman, manager of community relations for Nortel Networks, Tech Camp gives her company the opportunity to help influence and teach young students the value of careers in technology.

"With our focus on supporting math, science and technology education, Tech Camp is a perfect fit for us. All the educational research indicates that you've got to 'hook' students in late elementary and early junior high school, and this is one way we can try to 'hook' them into technology," Kolman said.

Uming Ko, Texas Instruments Fellow and Tech Camp mentor used amateur radio and hands-on satellite communication to help campers learn the basics of wireless communication.

"It is both an exciting and worthwhile experience to see kids starting to learn wireless technology. Over years, the impact to these wonderful kids will be far more reaching than what we can measure. (As a mentor), of course, I learned as well. I never knew before that there was a window of time that an amateur radio could link up with a specific satellite," KO said.

According to Ericsson Community Relations Specialist Donna Leach, Tech Camp is one way that local companies can express their support of the work being accomplished at various levels for the benefit of students and teachers involved in technology and research. She believes it is an investment in the future of the area.

"The camp is unique in its approach to connecting technology to everyday situations. That gives the students an everyday framework upon which to learn complex concepts," Leach said.

Kolman succinctly sums up the Tech Camp mentoring experience.

"By providing mentors for the camps, it allows our employees to share their knowledge and expertise with these students. In addition, some of these students may become our future employees," she said.

To volunteer or for more information about Tech Camp, contact the CCCCD Engineering Technology Department at 972-377-1715.