Computer Mentors March '17 Newsletter
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March 2017 eNewsletter
Congratulations to Our First MTA Certificate Recipient!
Computer Mentors and West University Charter High School partnered in October 2016 to provide the TeenTech program to interested students on Wednesday mornings.  Since the partnership began, four students have certified in Microsoft Office products and have earned IBM Thinkpad laptop computers – to keep! 
TeenTech, previously known as STEM Corps, has undergone a transformation this year.  In addition to offering Microsoft Office Certifications, as of January 1st we began offering Microsoft Technology Associate Certifications.  This allows students to pursue a broader scope of Information Technology skills, such as experience in Software Development in C#, HTML5 Web Application Fundamentals, Networking, Security, Server, Windows, and Database.

On March 1st, Luis Rodriguez from West University Charter High School became our first Microsoft Technology Associate!  He certified in HTML5 Web Application Fundamentals, which is an industry-recognized credential that demonstrates proficiency in application development skills.  “I am trying to aim for making games using Unity, which is a software program. In the future, I'm planning on becoming a game developer,” says Luis.  He aspires to design and create video games and plans to pursue Software Development in C# as his next certification at TeenTech.
Luis has never missed a day of TeenTech.  He shows up to every class always prepared to learn, takes notes, and applies his learning outside the classroom. We believe that Luis will be successful in any technical career he pursues.  He has plenty of support – all of his teachers at West University and Computer Mentors are very proud of him!
Luis achieved the HTML5 Web Application Certification, which also awards college credit! Congratulations!
KidsCode Camp Launching Soon!

KidsCode is getting ready to embark on another large summer in the Tampa Bay area.  This program is offered to late elementary and middle school aged youth.  It features a way for kids to learn how to write code to create games, build websites, and program robots. Students will not only learn the foundations of programming, but also learn problem solving techniques that can be applied in the real world.

Last summer, in 2016, the program served approximately 560 students. There are many locations that the classes will be held this year.  Furthermore, it is expected that the summer of 2017 will show an increase in total enrollments over the summer of 2016.

Last year, many participants earned free laptops, drones, and other items.  None of this would have been possible without the generous sponsorship of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Suncoast Credit Union, and the Bank of America.

Visit for details on the locations that the program is being offered at this year. 

Please enjoy the video referencing our KidsCode program.
Save the Date – Computer Mentors 20th Anniversary Luncheon
On August 3rd 2017, Computer Mentors Group will celebrate its 20th year anniversary of service to the community.  The celebration will be done in the form of a luncheon at the TPepin Hospitality Centre on the corner of 50th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  Plans are now being made and sponsors are being sought for this momentous celebration. 
As Founder and Director of Computer Mentors Group, it's hard to believe that it has already been 20 years.  We started out with the idea of “Bridging the Digital Divide” and making sure that all children and families have access to computer technology. 

The organization, which began with 5 youth and myself in 1997, has now served more than 1,500 in its principal program for high school aged youth.  Through that program alone, the organization has also provided roughly 700 computers into the homes of its participants.  In addition, the organization has provided another 1387 computers through various other programs including Back-To-School and Christmas computer giveaway programs and adult computer training programs.

In preparation for the 20th year anniversary event, CMG will be reaching out to alumni, past and present volunteers and staff, as well as supporters to help celebrate the occasion.  The theme of the event will be “Bridging the Digital Divide.”

Sponsorships are also available for the event.  For more information, please contact me at or (813) 236-1191.

Thank you and regards,
Ralph Smith
Thanks to our Sponsors!
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