WEtech Alliance, a regional technology hub, is pleased to announce the launch of a new video series aimed at connecting tech students, professionals and educators with opportunities to engage with the regional tech community.
“As students and educators prepare for back to school, we recognize that many will be doing so remotely” says Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO of WEtech Alliance. “Along with online learning comes a number of barriers including isolation and disengagement. Knowing that connectedness is a key element of a thriving ecosystem, we wanted to provide a virtual way for first-year and existing students to learn how they can connect to tech amid COVID-19.”
The video series features two of the region’s most prominent Tech Community Ambassadors, Noah Campbell and Aislyn Laurent. The series covers important topics such as tech community groups, events, initiatives, news, employment, entrepreneurship, and mentorship opportunities. The series also highlights the significant importance and contributions of women in the local tech sector in addition to the array of initiatives targeted at continuing to attract women in STEM and entrepreneurship in the area.
“With the loss of in-person networking events due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it can be incredibly difficult for students and young professionals, particularly those new to the region, to learn how they can get involved with the many initiatives our tech community continues to champion”, says Noah Campbell, outgoing Student Advisor to the WEtech Alliance Board of Directors and newly appointed Tech Community Program Manager. “The Tech Connect video series addresses this need by outlining opportunities available to community members in an easy to digest format.” Campbell adds.
High school and post-secondary instructors are strongly encouraged to share the video series with their students during their first weeks back to class in hopes to continue the regions’ efforts to cultivate its tech talent pool.
Additionally, in-line with WEtech Alliance’s strategy to build and engage top talent, the organization will continue to welcome a Student Advisor to the Board of Directors. Effective September 15th, Trevor Ramieri, a third year Student from St. Clair College and Project Manager of reVERT, will join the Board as Student Advisor to help better connect WEtech Alliance and the post-secondary student population.
“I’m ecstatic to be able to represent and serve my fellow students this year as an Advisor to WEtech Alliance’s Board of Directors. I feel that it is more important than ever for students to actively pursue opportunities and resources, such as those provided by WEtech Alliance” says Trevor Ramieri, incoming Student Advisor to the WEtech Alliance Board of Directors. “By developing relationships around these programs, students will find that these experiences will not only help support them through the uncertainty of these coming months, but also in securing a foundation for the future to follow.”