Across Ohio, businesses large and small, nonprofits, schools and governments are creatively thinking about how to inspire high school students to become the next generation of leaders in technology and development. innovation.
On Friday, September 24, we will meet for Ohio Tech Day. This day will bring together the best of our state’s growing tech economy to educate high school students about the role technology and innovation play in Ohio’s economic strength and how they can be a part of that growth.
Members of the tech community know that growth and innovation are only made possible by the people who make it happen. We have the people we need here in Ohio – thousands of high school students across the state – who, with the right inspiration, training and exposure, can enter a wide variety of fields. industries that create meaningful career paths in technology. Ohio Tech Day is our day to show high school students the opportunities for success in technology and innovation right here at home. Industries such as smart manufacturing, artificial intelligence, data analytics, cybersecurity, information technology, and engineering are thriving right here in Buckeye State.
As the director of community engagement for Verizon, I see Ohio Tech Day as a representative of Citizen Verizon, Verizon’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental, and social progress. Verizon has committed $ 3 billion through 2025 as part of our plan to move the world forward. Digital inclusion is one of the key pillars of Citizen Verizon. We understand that access is only the beginning. That’s why we promote technology as a tool to improve communities, education and the workforce.
Verizon, through our Citizen Verizon initiatives, including Verizon Innovative Learning, helps underserved students across America develop the skills they need to succeed in today’s digital world. Through our Employee Engagement Program, Verizon employees across Ohio (and nationwide) attend career fairs, share career videos, mentor students, and demystify what it means to have a career. in technology. With over 2,300 employees in Ohio and over 130,000 employees worldwide, we know what it takes to create a diverse network of people who are driving meaningful change in technology.
Ohio Tech Day is going to have a great virtual event for all of us to come together across the state. It will be open for free to all high school students in Ohio. We invite schools, businesses and organizations to organize their own event, in person or virtually. The Ohio Tech Day partners are also co-creating a virtual resource page with educational resources, career profiles, and meaningful content for students, teachers, parents or schools to use, free of charge, anyone. year.
Ohio Tech Day will create a statewide tech ecosystem to support Ohio students that will exist long after the actual event. Learn more by visiting www.ohiotechday.org, where you can also sign up to receive updates, collaborate with us on programming, or submit your professional story to be part of the #iamOhioTech initiative. Get involved by hosting an event, partnering with another organization on an event, or logging into our statewide virtual event.
I am proud to be the co-chair of Ohio Tech Day. It’s an opportunity for all Ohioans to engage high school students in new career and educational opportunities, expose them to the world of technology and innovation, and inspire them to think about how that we can move the world forward together, from here at home in Ohio. I hope you will join us.
Cohen is director of community engagement and state government affairs for Verizon. She is based in Cleveland.