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Franklin University and Urbana University Partner with TECH CORPS To Host Summer High School Coding Camps

For Immediate Release: April 11, 2016

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University and Urbana University are proud to announce their partnership with TECH CORPS to host their High School Coding Camp, a program designed to engage high school students in hands-on, interactive coding activities.

The week long Coding Camp will be hosted at both Franklin and Urbana universities and will provide students in grades 9-12 with the opportunity to learn the concepts of computer programming, while also encouraging them to think about complex ideas and concepts rationally and logically.

"We are very excited about this new partnership with Franklin and Urbana universities and the opportunity to bring our High School Coding Camp program to Central Ohio," said Lisa M. Chambers, TECH CORPS National Executive Director.

Last summer, the High School Coding Camp program was launched with 100 Northeast Ohio students.  Nearly 80% of the students said that after participating in the camp, they wanted to learn more about computer science and 70% expressed an interest in becoming a programmer one day.

“Studies have shown that students who have opportunities to engage in computing experiences are more likely to consider a computing degree than those without these opportunities," said Chambers.

“We plan for students to gain the universities’ theory to practice approach, and to get exposure to the burgeoning field of technology through engagement with the universities’ industry partners,” said Dr. Christopher Washington, Provost at Franklin University. “Parents should appreciate the opportunity  for their children to keep the learning process active during the normally dormant summer months, and to gain exposure to future education and career interests,” said Washington.

As part of the hand-on, interactive experience, High School Coding Camp attendees will be placed in the role of creating and designing with technology rather than just passively using and consuming it. Faculty and staff from Franklin and Urbana universities will provide insight into the academics of coding as well as provide guidance during the learning process.

Camps will be held during the following two weeks:

•             Urbana University: June 20-24
•             Franklin University: July 11-15

For more information about the camps and registration, visit: for the camp hosted at Franklin University or for the camp hosted at Urbana University. 

TECH CORPS was founded in 1995 by Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus of CIO Magazine and author of The U.S. Technology Skills Gap. Gary envisioned an organization which would challenge American volunteers to help K-12 schools build a technology infrastructure -- much like the Peace Corps challenges men and women to help developing countries build their infrastructures. Building from a state pilot in Massachusetts, TECH CORPS developed technology programs and deployed tech-savvy volunteers to assist K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations across the country. Over the years, partners such as Cisco, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and NCTA have provided TECH CORPS with the fuel to deliver much-needed technology resources to K-12 students and teachers. Since 1995, more than 15,000 TECH CORPS volunteers have shared their time and talents assisting schools and nonprofit organizations in their communities.  Visit TECH CORPS on the web at, @techcorps_org or

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. Annually, nearly 10,000 students attend Franklin, through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. Franklin offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs (including the new applied doctorate offerings) and graduates more than 1,500 students annually. The University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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