Join IT-oLogy and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for a free special teacher training session on Saturday, September 19. Teachers will be teaching teachers how to deliver focused training modules for high school students. No experience necessary! The course is for teachers in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties.

To register: www.charlestonchamber.net/cybersaturday

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IT-oLogy Upstate celebrated teaching our 100th student in early July and are going strong continuing with our Cyber Studio Summer Classes. We are on our way and looking forward to our next ‘100 students taught’ milestone. I want to thank our great volunteers that have helped us in each class set up and tear down computers, get our laptops from facility to facility, assist with registration and support the students when they have questions or need help. Those volunteers are Jonathan Kilgore, a junior from USC Upstate, and Cole Calhoun from J.L. Mann High School. Our volunteer teachers have been Doug Glenn, Michael Hess and Steven Scheib.  All of these volunteer teachers were so very patient and have helped so many children further their interest in the IT field and learn introductory IT skills.

IT-oLogy Upstate is so fortunate to have the opportunity to work together with all of these wonderful volunteers. Last but not least, we are grateful to ECPI University Greenville for providing us classrooms that meet our needs for teaching all of our wonderful students. Our children have been so fortunate to learn so much in such a short period of time. During the month of July we have completed modules in HTML, Light Bot 2.0, Blockly, Codecademy and most recently a marathon session in Python.

It is such a wonderful experience to see how these children are enamored at their own success in solving problems, writing their own code, learning a new programming language and having so much fun all at the same time. We are so proud of their successes and hope we are able to reach many more students in our classes coming up in the fall. If you would like to be a part of our success, volunteer in the classroom or as an instructor, or are able to provide classroom space in the Upstate please contact Lisa Calhoun at lisa.calhoun@it-ology.org. Our fall schedule will be posted shortly – please remember to look us up on Eventbrite and search “IT-oLogy Upstate” to reserve your space early.

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Planning for the 2016 Blue Diamond Technology Awards celebration is underway.  The Blue Diamond Awards have celebrated the best in technology in the greater Charlotte region for more than 20 years.  In 2015, IT-oLogy led the effort to bring back the BDA after an eight-year hiatus and a ‘go ahead’ from the Charlotte Chamber.

More than 300 business executives, CIOs alongside entrepreneurial and educational leaders and innovative development teams came together to honor the 24 technology finalists and winners of the 2015 Blue Diamond Awards.  Last year’s winners were: Ecomdash, Rubbermaid Healthcare, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Bosch Rexroth,  Women Executives, Logical Advantage, David Jones – Peak 10,

Call for the 2016 Nominations opens in September.  Come and join the BDA committee. To volunteer,  contact Kay Read, kay.read@it-ology.org

Calling all those in the Charlotte metropolitan area!  You are invited to join IT-oLogy Charlotte for the August 19th  WISE Wednesday networking event  at the Village Tavern patio.in SouthPark.  Come and network with Charlotte women and men leaders, innovators and influencers.  Register here.

Whether you are interested in events, membership, outreach or communications, there is an opportunity for you to get involved with WISE.  For more information, contact Kay Read at kay.read@it-ology.org.Charlotte-2


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A letter from IT-oLogy President Lonnie Emard.

At several different times over the last year, IT-oLogy was included in national conversations with Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez regarding how to grow the number of apprentices in the US.  Ever since President Obama challenged the Department of Labor to double the number of registered apprentices within five years, they have been seeking an industry-driven response designed to provide a consistent talent pipeline for business.

IT-oLogy has participated in three meetings with Secretary Perez over the last eight months in Washington, Columbia and next week in San Francisco.  The effort, ApprenticeshipUSA, is part of shared efforts to expand the 21st century “earn and learn” model across all industries.  I will be one of 30 individuals meeting next week to specifically focus on apprenticeships in IT and the task force is called Sectors of Excellence in Apprenticeship (SEA).

We are fortunate that IT-oLogy has collaborated in South Carolina with Apprenticeship Carolina, who has been nationally recognized for growing apprenticeships across the state utilizing proven models of success.  Apprenticeships had traditionally been successful in manufacturing and construction, but limited in other industries or professions.  Two areas that are showing tremendous possibilities for growth are healthcare and information technology.  DOL views IT-ology as an intermediary that can help scale promising practices in apprenticeships across the country by involving numerous companies that are hiring IT professionals and are part of the IT-oLogy organization.

As part of IT-oLogy, we are blessed with an organization, BlueCross BlueShield South Carolina, which has been recognized by the Department of Labor as one of the leaders in IT apprenticeships.  Since the inception of the Apprenticeship Carolina program, BCBSSC has certified 217 apprentices.  The promising practices that accompany successful implementation will be a part of what we will be sharing in the SEA meeting next week.

In anticipation of future expansion, I would like to invite all companies that are currently part of IT-oLogy or potential new companies reading this blog, to consider how apprenticeships might become an avenue for your company to onboard talent in information technology.  The goal of IT-oLogy lines up well with the DOL strategy as we were formed to share promising practices and details around how companies can use proven ideas to achieve success without having to start from “ground zero”.

We plan to begin delivering information sessions for interested organizations to learn more about the model for apprenticeships in IT.  There will be some financial incentives built in to help get the “learn and earn” model implemented.  The bottom line is that this strategy can have a direct impact on a company’s ability to attract, develop and retain IT talent amidst what we know is a shortage of supply versus demand.

Cyber Saturday

Mark your calendars for Middle School and High School Cyber Saturdays which are held the 3rd Saturday of each month at the CPCC Central Campus.  The time is 8:30 – 12:00.

Scholarships for Graduating Seniors

Opportunities to apply for the IT-oLogy scholarships open in the Fall.  IT-oLogy Charlotte annually awards three scholarships to graduating seniors:   The students are recognized at the annual Blue Diamond Awards celebration in March 2016.    The three scholarships include:

  • CapTech Consulting STEM Scholarship
  • Logical Advantage Future Path Scholarship
  • WISEgirl Scholarship

For more information, contact Kay.Read, kay.read@it-ology.org.

Computing Awards for Young Women in Grades 9 -12. 

Applications for the National Center for Women and IT annual Aspirations in Computing Awards open  in early October.   NCWIT will recognize 35 national winners.  Last year, more than 2500 young women applied.  To recognize more of the young women, NCWIT has added affiliate recognition programs too.   IT-oLogy leads the NC  Affiliate Awards where 15 – 20 high school girls from across the state are recognized for their contributions in technology and computing.     .

Volunteer Opportunities throughout the year.   Companies and individuals are invited to volunteer for IT-oLogy events and programs inside and outside of the schools. 

On August 14th, your company representatives have the opportunity to meet 200 college students representing more than 40 colleges/ universities from across the country – all pursuing computing and IT related majors?   These students are in Charlotte to attend the annual STARS Celebration of Broadening Participation in Computing national conference, August 13 – 15 at the Convention Center.

IT-oLogy is hosting the conference career fair in conjunction with STARS Computing Corps on the afternoon of August 14th from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.  Now is the time to reserve an exhibit booth for your organization.   It is the perfect opportunity to speak with early talent and intern candidates.

IT-oLogy is proud to be a STARS partner over the years.   We benefit from the outreach of UNC Charlotte and CPCC STARS students who frequently lead the IT-oLogy monthly Cyber Saturday program free to middle and high school students.     Students are regularly invited guests at the IT-ology programs and events.

About STARS Computing Corps

STARS Computing Corps is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grow a larger, more diverse, computing workforce through our ability to promote the K-12 pipeline while developing computing college students with deep technical skills and broad leadership abilities.


About STARS National Conference: 

The annual STARS Celebration, attended by hundreds of faculty and students from across the country, features sessions on developing leadership skills, technical skills, and preparing for graduate study or career advancement.  Students and faculty also present the results of their outreach projects, attend workshops on best practices and curriculum for K-12 computing outreach, and build community centered around common interests in civic engagement and broadening participation in computing.   Students are always eager to meet industry representatives at the career fair.

To reserve an exhibit booth, contact Kay Read,  kay.read@it-ology.org

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I am very excited to extend this special invitation to all IT-ology members for SIMposium 2015 in Charlotte!  We are currently offering all IT-ology members the same rate as SIM members.  The current rate for SIM members (and IT-ology members) is $795.  To take advantage of this special offer, register here, select the SIMposium 2015 Registration – Non-Member IT Practitioner then enter SIM15ITOLOGY in the coupon code field.

SIMposium is a unique experience where senior IT practitioners can share ideas and experiences in a forum set up exclusively for them.  It allows leaders to engage and reflect on the actions that can make them most effective and can boost their leadership profile.

Who should attend?

  • CXOs who want to strengthen their C-Suite relationships
  • IT directors and managers aspiring to implement new techniques
  • IT Procurement professionals
  • Consultants, who want a better understanding of the current challenges
  • Vendors
  • All who would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity to build and strengthen their professional networks

Join me in Charlotte November 2 -3; you won’t be sorry.

Jeff Stovall, City of Charlotte, CIO

Media Contacts:  Rachel Barnett, IT-oLogy, rachel.barnett@it-ology.org 803-354-5735

IT-oLogy Becomes National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015 Champion

Columbia, SC, July 21, 2015 —IT-oLogy today announced that it has become a Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2015. IT-oLogy will be joining a growing global effort among colleges and universities, businesses, government agencies, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote online safety awareness.

Celebrated every October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure everyone has the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online. As an official Champion, IT-oLogy recognizes its commitment to cybersecurity and online safety.

“We are proud to be a part of this effort, said Lonnie Emard, president of IT-oLogy. “IT-oLogy will provide programming and awareness messages during the month of October.  Our fall conference, Trends, will focus on cyber security for business as well as individuals, Cyber security is among our top priorities for our citizens and businesses.”

Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Department of Homeland Security, NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation and internationally. This year marks the 12th year of NCSAM.

“The Champion Program is a vital part of making National Cyber Security Awareness Month a success each year,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. “We are thankful to our 2015 Champion organizations for their support and commitment to our shared responsibility of promoting cyber security and online safety awareness.”

For more information about National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the NCSAM Champions program, and how to participate in NCSAM activities, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam. You can also follow and use the hashtag #cyberaware on Twitter throughout the month.

About IT-oLogy

IT-oLogy is a non profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, fostering economic development and advancing the IT profession.

About National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Now in its 12th year, NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cyber security in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since President Obama’s proclamation establishing NCSAM in 2004, NCSAM has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer, more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam or www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.

About The National Cyber Security Alliance

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting digital privacy and the safe and secure use of the Internet. Working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), private sector sponsors and nonprofit collaborators to promote cybersecurity awareness, NCSA board members include representatives from ADP, AT&T, Bank of America, Comcast Corporation, EMC Corporation, ESET, Facebook, Google, Intel, Logical Operations, McAfee, Microsoft, Raytheon, Symantec, Verizon and Visa. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, nonprofit and academic sectors, NCSA’s mission is to educate and empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely, protect themselves and the technology they use, and protect the digital assets we all share. NCSA leads initiatives for STOP.THINK.CONNECT.TM, a global cybersecurity awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online; Data Privacy Day, celebrated annually on January 28 and National Cyber Security Awareness Month, launched every October. For more information on NCSA, please visithttp://www.staysafeonline.org/about-us/overview/.


STOP. THINK. CONNECT. is the global cybersecurity awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online. The campaign was created by an unprecedented coalition of private companies, non-profits and government organizations with leadership provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). The Department of Homeland Security leads the federal engagement in the campaign. Learn how to get involved at the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/STOPTHINKCONNECT, on Twitter at @STOPTHNKCONNECT, and at http://www.stopthinkconnect.org.


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Cybersecurity 2020: The Impact of Digital Business on Security

Join us for Trends, our annual conference focused on technology issues and topics that are “trending” nationally as well as regionally/locally.   This year’s topic is the overall digital transformation taking place in society (everything is becoming ‘digital’) and the associated security issues that come along with it.  A Gartner analyst will kick off the day with “Cybersecurity 2020: The Impact of Digital Business on Security.”

A massive “digital transformation” is taking place in society and the pace is only accelerating.  Industries, as well as organizations and individuals, are being impacted in ways never imagined.  What are examples of this transformation?  How is it having an impact?  Why is it important?

Wednesday, October 28, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm EST, IT-oLogy, 1301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201

To register:  https://it-ologytrends2015.eventbrite.com