Thinking about developing an internship program with your business or how to strengthen your current program? Washington Technology Industry Association recently shared their best practices toolkit with the GTA. From pre- to post-internship tips to sample interview questions, this is a great resource. Download it now here!
The Gorge Tech Alliance is starting a new offering and initiative for women working in STEM fields (science, tech, engineering and math) in the Gorge. We’re exploring how we can support and connect our women professionals and encourage the next generation of female students into STEM degrees. An initial gathering event is in the works, possibly in late October, and we hope to announce details soon!
Columbia Gorge Community College recently announced the transformation of their Renewable Energy Technology program to Electro-Mechanical Technology to address the changing industry needs in the Gorge. “The local renewables industry is evolving to include advanced manufacturing, unmanned aerial systems, and instrumentation and process control. In response, CGCC is revamping its Renewable Energy Technology degree to meet those changes. The name of the program is changing, too, from Renewable Energy Technology, or RET, to Electro-Mechanical Technology, or EM-Tech (pronounced M-tech for short). Instructor James Pytel says the shift is “not so much of a change in focus but rather a redesign to fit the regional needs and remain flexible. Our desired outcome is to offer foundational technical skills with an array of specialized options,” Pytel explained.” Read the full article on CGCC’s website here.
Teacup Nordic, a local nonprofit cross-country ski area, is looking to count the users of its trails. They are asking for assistance in helping to locate/ construct a laser/ optical scanning tool to count passersby on a forest trail. Contact Paul if interested.
The new school year brings a new crop of students itching to get their hands on a robot! One of the easiest ways to help your student find their way to a robot is to get involved with FIRST robotics. FIRST is a national program with a sports-like model where students meet as teams over several months to prepare for a competition. There are FIRST programs in the Gorge for students ages 6 to 18.
Your first step? Contact your child’s school to ask if they have a team or check the list of past participating schools at gorgerobotics.org/get-involved. Most teams form soon after school starts to prepare for competitions in the winter. If your student’s school does not have a team, call Jessica Metta with the Gorge Tech Alliance at 541-296-2266 to talk about resources to support forming a team. The GTA has free robots and laptops for loan and can point you towards training resources and mentors to support you in forming a team.
One upcoming training is Sept 9, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Hood River Extension for coaches of FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams for students ages 9 to 14. Teams begin meeting now to prepare for one of the Gorge Qualifying Tournaments held the first two weekends in December, sponsored by Insitu and Google. The free workshop covers an intro to FLL, coaching and mentoring techniques, basic robot programming and mechanical design techniques. Pre-registration is required. Find registration links and more information about robotics in the Gorge at GorgeRobotics.org, a service of the GTA.
The GTA’s equipment for loan and support of robotics events is made possible by our regional tech businesses including Google, Insitu and others.
As we’ve reported before, the GTA is elbow-deep in an intensive Strategic Planning initiative for the organization. Many thanks to our many members and sponsors who took our online survey or participated in one-on-one interviews to inform our background research. The Board will be meeting on August 3 to use your feedback in a focused retreat. Stay tuned for details as a stronger, future-facing organization emerges with even better tools to serve the Gorge’s tech community!
The GTA has been proud to be a part of the Gorge STEM Hub since its beginning a few years ago. The STEM Hub is a regional collaborative of schools, nonprofits, business and civic leaders with the shared goal of transforming science, tech, engineering and math education for students.
The Gorge STEM Hub is seeking a unique individual to serve as the Coordinator to lead, focus, inspire and collaborate with the diverse partners in achieving the STEM Hub’s goals. Find more information here.