All Kinds of News for December 06, 2017
TechieForLife (TFL) students recently competed at "Southern Utah Code Camp: a programming, design, and entrepreneurship contest all rolled up into a ridiculously compressed 24-hour event. Crazy fun! #BringYourGenius." The coding extravaganza was sponsored by the Dixie Technical Association (Dixie Techs) which is comprised of numerous local tech companies and Dixie State University. The exciting event draws the best and brightest students in tech from all over the greater St. George area to show what they can accomplish and get noticed.
Dixie State University (DSU) hosted the Code Camp which grew to over 300 participants this year, ages 6 and up. Dr. Eric Pedersen, Dean of Science and Technology at DSU, is one of the founding partners of TechieForLife, a private vocational tech school for neuroatypical students who need extra social and emotional supports. Dr. Pedersen and others within the Dixie Techs have been collaborating to create a pipeline starting in grade school to help support and grow the local technology industry. He said, "The biggest issue our tech industry has is finding enough tech talent."
There is an ongoing average of 20,000 open tech positions posted within a 300-mile radius of St. George, Utah. "The industry wants to trigger and spark interest in technology," explained Joshua Aikens Chairman of Code Camp and CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of iGlobal Stores. Finding and cultivating great tech talent and creating opportunities is an important long-term strategy for these local companies to remain comptitive.
For TechieForLife students, the competition is an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills while getting a real-world taste for entrepreneurialism, cramming for a work deadline, receiving feedback, having their work judged and speaking with potential employers and investors. One TFL student enlisted the help of two fellow TFL students to build an app to improve efficiency for BusyBusy, the company at which he was interning. "I'm hoping to get noticed and impress them with something useful," said Dylan. His internship recently became a hired position, which is the goal for students at TechieForLife.
TechieForLife (TFL) is a co-ed, young adult, residential and licensed vocational school located in St. George, Utah. Dubbed "Silicon Sands," beautiful Southern Utah is home to one of the fastest growing tech sectors in the U.S. Neuroatypical students who need a safe social and emotional environment gain important life skills, mentoring, and a college track or marketable technology training, leading to internship/job placement through TFL's close private sector partnerships. TechieForLife gives students a place to belong and the supports to succeed.