Students explain why they love Hyland’s Hy-Tech Camps

Hy-Tech Camps

One summer, some folks in the Development Department were talking with one of our high school interns about ways to get other students interested in technology. One of the points she brought up was that not too many students her age knew about the different aspects of technology. So that summer, we decided to put together a few camps that would give students an introduction to technology.

Thus, the idea for Hy-Tech Camps was born.

The camps have grown a lot since then. In 2014, we hosted three camps. But in 2016, we will be hosting at least 12 camps and repeating some multiple times so students have the opportunity to attend.

We’ve also increased the capacity for each camp. Instead of only being able to hold 24 students, we opened up another training classroom and can fit up to 48 students for some of these camps. They’re a great way for students to learn all about technology careers, as well as an opportunity to meet and talk with experts already working in the field.

Just to make sure we’re all on the same page, our Hy-Tech Camps are a different opportunity for students than our Hy-Tech Club.

Why do we host the camps?

Hyland has a unique opportunity to be able to offer these types of programs for students. We already have internal training classrooms onsite at our headquarters, so we are able to use those resources after work hours. We also allow our employees to use their work hours towards these programs. Not only do our employees enjoy being able to help students and feel good while doing it, but we pay them to do it as well.

I like to see our technical outreach programs as a “win-win” type of situation. We’re offering students in the community a way to learn about computer science, and we’re offering our employees a way to get engaged and stay involved outside of their normal work day routine.

Some of our Hy-Tech Camps may already have waitlists, but we encourage you to add your name to those lists! When the Hy-Tech Camps are over, the applications for Fall 2016 Hy-Tech Club will open in August.

Sound like something you’re interested in? Want to learn more?

Here’s what three of our active students had to say:

ATTENDEE #1: Carolyn 

OnBase Blog (OB): How did you hear about Hy-Tech Camps?

Carolyn: I heard about the Hy-Tech Club through the tech and engineering teacher at Westlake High School, Mr. Kutz. I have always had an interest in coding and creating personalized webpages, so I was excited to find out about the Hy-Tech Club and attended because I knew I might as well learn from the best, and have fun while doing so!

OB: What was the most interesting thing you learned?

Carolyn: The most interesting things would probably be the robotics and decoding nights from the summer classes, and learning HTML (because it helped me learn the other languages taught at the Hy-Tech Club). I definitely enjoyed the dinner talks and presentations and topics the Hyland employees put together.

I also liked the decoding and cryptography classes. The whole aspect of learning how to “crack codes” is a lot of fun, although Morse code is difficult at first. Both classes mixed education and fun in a successful matter. Robotics was really interesting, and the class about building a computer was easier than I thought it would be, but I still had fun.

OB: Would you attend again?

Carolyn: I hope to attend the Hy-Tech Club for the next two years to further my knowledge in this field before I head to college!

ATTENDEE #2: Reegan

OB: What grade?

Reegan: I am in 7th Grade.

OB: How did you hear about Hy-Tech Camps?

Reegan: I heard about the Hy-Tech Camps through my friend’s mom who recently took a job at Hyland last summer. She sent my mom the email to sign up and so I did! I did the Build a Webpage, Robotics and Building Mobile Applications.

OB: Why did you attend?

Reegan: I attended because I have never done anything like this before and I wanted to give it a try. It turns out, I loved it and have been programming ever since.

OB: What was the most interesting thing you learned?

Reegan: The most interesting thing I learned was how to build an app. I had never thought a young person like me could ever have the possibility to build an app.

OB: Would you attend again? 

Reegan: Yes, yes, yes!! I loved my experience at Hyland. The company runs a very nice program for students! I would do it again and again for as long as I can do it.

Attendee #3: AJ 

OB: What grade?

AJ: I am in 8th grade

OB: How did you hear about Hy-Tech Camps?

AJ: I heard about the camps from my Dad, who also works at Hyland.

OB: Why did you attend?

AJ:  I attended because I wanted to know more about computers and programming.

OB: What was the most interesting thing you learned?

AJ: The most interesting thing I learned is probably tied with how to take apart and put a computer back together, and using a Raspberry Pi.

OB: Would you attend again?

AJ: Yes, I would attend again, and I am going to.

There you have it. Three student perspectives of what they thought of the Hy-Tech Camps. If you’re interested, we think you’ll enjoy the experience as much as they did.

Stay tuned to OnBase.com/TechOutreach to keep up with all our program updates!

Caitlin Nowlin

Caitlin Nowlin

Caitlin Nowlin spent three years on Hyland’s Recruiting team as the campus recruiter before transitioning to Development as the technical outreach program manager. Her mission is to give Hyland employees the chance to help close educational gaps in computer science and provide students opportunities to learn about the technology industry.

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