A technology company has partnered with two education-related firms to develop a camp to invest in tomorrow’s tech-minded students, and those from the DeKalb and Fulton county school districts are well represented.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions has joined the Technology Association of Georgia’s Education Collaborative and Higher Ground Education Inc. in the inaugural Tomorrow’s Technologists camp at Georgia Tech in Midtown and at LexisNexis Risk Solutions in Alpharetta. The four-week program is part of an ongoing initiative by LexisNexis Risk Solutions to make sure these students have the necessary skills to enter the 21st-century workforce.
The camp runs through July 20, and on that final day the participants will present their final projects to a panel of LexisNexis Risk Solutions judges.
Of the 25 students selected to attend the camp out of more than 100, Westlake High in south Fulton leads the list with six students taking part. Alpharetta, Riverwood, Centennial, Chamblee, Lakeside and Tucker high schools each have one representative.
Those attending the camp from Westlake include rising seniors Amari Murry and Catherine Oliga, rising juniors Keith Harris and Tyler Harold Guadiano and rising sophomores Anisa Monroe and Ciniyiah FreeMale.
In addition, Alpharetta is represented by rising senior Timothy West, Riverwood lays claim to rising sophomore Amina Mbow and Centennial’s colors are carried by rising junior Eric Baham Jr.
Other students attending include Chamblee rising junior Mai Gant, Tucker rising senior James Bunting and Lakeside rising senior Ethan David Kene.
According to Kara Grady, vice president for corporate and brand communications at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, it is designed to expose students to computer science fundamentals.
Mbow said she has enjoyed participating in the camp because, from her perspective, “it is like a mini college experience, because we have to gain and use time-management skills to do things like explore parts of the campus while on break.”
“We also learn budgeting skills because we must manage our money every day during the lunch period,” she said.
As to what she enjoyed most about the camp, Mbow said learning new skills, such as coding, “which is something not many people know how to do, but is instrumental to being successful in one’s career.”
She said the most interesting part of the camp thus far has been meeting many different types of people “who do not think the same way as I do.”
“This makes problem solving easier because there are so many points of view and I am also learning better communication and problem-solving skills.”
Grady said this camp teaches students about computer science fundamentals and big data while introducing them to five different computer-coding languages.
“However, this program offers participants a lot of outside technology training as well,” she said. “The experience we are offering (is) helping these students build confidence within themselves and helps students develop a mindset that they are capable of achieving success at anything they set their sights on.”