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December 14,  2018
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eCYBERMISSION | For 6th - 9th Grade Students (register by 12/19)
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony (register by 12/28)
Cybersecurity Basics for Managers (1/7-1/17)
College for Kids for Grades 1st - 8th (1/12 - 2/16)
Saturday Morning Physics for High School Students (1/26 - 2/23)
EngineerGirl Writing Contest for Grades 3rd-12th (deadline 2/1)
Welcome New SVTC Member: JustTech, LLC
Welcome Back Level I Member: Augusta County - Economic Development
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
Rocktown Tech Slack Channel Link

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine that promotes self-discovery and enables all students to recognize the real-life applications of STEM. Teams of three or four students are instructed to ask questions (for science) or define problems (for engineering), and then construct explanations (for science) or design solutions (for engineering) based on identified problems in their community. Students compete for State, Regional, and National Awards. 

Who Can Compete?
  • Three or four students in the same grade and state
  • One Team Advisor
Students must be enrolled in either 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade at a U.S.-based public or private school, a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school abroad or a U.S.-based home school. All students must be a U.S. Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident in order to participate in the competition.

Each grade level participating in eCYBERMISSION will receive the following awards:

State Awards:
  • First-Place State Winners** - $1,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds at maturity per student.
  • Second-Place State Winners** - $500 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds at maturity per student.
  • Honorable Mention Awards** - Award certificate.
Regional Awards:
  • All regional finalists - $1,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds (at maturity) per student.
  • First-Place Regional Winners** - Additional $2,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds at maturity per student and an all-expenses paid trip to the Washington DC Metropolitan Area to compete for the First-Place National Award.
National Awards:
  • First-Place National Winners - $5,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds at maturity per student.
All the details: 
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Annual Banquet
and Awards Ceremony (register by 12/28)

January 3, 2019 (registration deadline Dec. 28, 2019)
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Hotel Madison
Tickets: $75 per  person

Join us at the Annual Banquet and Award Ceremony as the HR Chamber recognizes their collective achievements in 2018, sets the vision for 2019 and celebrates business and community leaders.  The evening will start at 5:30 p.m. with causal networking. A sit down dinner will start at 7:00 p.m. This year there are three level of tables:  Platinum Tables $700  (8 person table) towards the front of the ballroom,  Gold Tables $600  (8 person table) towards the middle of the ballroom,  Silver Tables $500  (8 person table) towards the rear of the ballroom.  There is a limited number of the Platinum and Gold Tables, so get them early! 

Each ticket will include one plated dinner along with two drink tickets  (Cash Bars).

January 7 - 17, 2019

Are you being asked to shape how your organization protects its customer data or email systems?  Are your customers relying on you to protect their payment information?  Do you need a place to start learning about fundamental cybersecurity concepts?

This two-week crash course is designed for leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs who have a limited technical background related to cybersecurity, data security, and information technology.  The JMU Cybersecurity Basics for Managers noncredit certificate program is discussion-oriented and formatted for the working professional.

Participants will gain knowledge that can inform their strategies to mitigate cybersecurity risks, secure data and information, build secure infrastructure, and hire qualified personnel and vendors.

Course Format
Monday, Jan. 7th: In-Person 9:00 am - 4:30 pm in downtown Harrisonburg
Thursday, Jan. 10th: Online 9:00 - 11:00 am
Monday, Jan. 14th: In-Person 9:00 am - 4:30 pm in downtown Roanoke
Thursday, Jan. 17th: Online 9:00 am - 11:00 am

About the Instructor:
David Cafaro, CISSP/CCSP has been working in Information Technology for over two decades with a heavy focus on information security. Currently he is an Information Security Officer at Capital One where he leads a team providing security and risk management expertise on application, cloud, and on-prem technologies. Though currently working in the financial sector, his career has brought him through a variety of industries including environmental lab testing, government, telecommunications, and cancer research.  David holds a Masters in Computer Science from Georgetown University where he focused on security and privacy in the information age.  In addition to his careers focus on cyber security, David has also been active in sharing his knowledge through open source and community projects including working with the BSidesDC Security Conference to help organize the KidsCon section for the last 4 years.

Grades 1st - 8th (1/12 - 2/16)

January 12 - February 16, 2019
Saturdays, 9 am - 12 pm | JMU  Memorial Hall
$140 per Student

College for Kids is an enrichment program for children in grades 1-8. Children will work with James Madison University faculty and graduate students, as well as experts from the community and surrounding area, to try new things, explore and discover talents they never knew they had! College for Kids is being held on 6 Saturdays from 9-12pm on campus in Memorial Hall. Students will participate in one course selection for the duration of the 6 consecutive weeks. Technology-related courses are available, as well as many other courses. You can check them out on the event page

Technology-related courses include:
  • Lego Engineering (1st - 5th grades) (In partnership with Explore More Childrens Museum)
  • Out of this world- Science, Technology and Engineering (2nd - 4th grades)  
  • Scratch Programming (4th - 6th grades) 
  • Python Programming (6th - 8th grades) 
  • Tinker with Arduino (6th - 8th grades)
  • App Inventor (6th - 8th grades) 
  • KidWind Challenge Team Prep (5th - 8th grades) 
  • Engineering a Brighter Future (5th-8th grades)
For more information, please contact Melissa Heatwole at or call 540-568-4226.

January 26 - February 23, 2019
Saturdays, 9 am - 12 pm | JMU  Physics/Chem Building
$50 per Student

Come and explore the amazing properties of waves as scientists use them in music, nanotechnology, astronomy, and nuclear physics. JMU Physics and Astronomy presents an educational event series designed especially for high school students and teachers but one parents will enjoy, too: Saturday Morning Physics. For the eighth year running, the Physics and Astronomy Department in collaboration with the Office of Outreach and Engagement at James Madison University cordially invite high-school students and science teachers to take part in an engaging enrichment program developed in a sequence of 5 easy-to-follow scientific exploration events.

Juniors and Seniors have the option of receiving 1 Physics College Credit from JMU. This is an additional fee of $123.00. 4/5 of the program sessions must be attended to receive credit. 

For more information, please contact Melissa Heatwole at or call 540-568-4226.

Submit online by February 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. The EngineerGirl writing contest is, for the first time, asking students to submit works of creative fiction.  Intended to inspire children, especially girls, in the world of engineering, participants will create and submit an original piece of writing that celebrates engineering design and problem solving.   This year, they are asking for stories about women and girls saving the day with their wits, skill, and whatever resources they can find to solve the problem. Maybe they are working alone, maybe they are part of an elite team. Maybe they just find themselves in an unusual situation that requires some innovative thinking. They want stories that inspire EngineerGirl readers to think, "I want to be able to do that" or "I can do that." To enter this year's contest, write an original, fictional story in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem. 

Welcome New SVTC Member | 
JustTech, LLC

JustĀ·Tech is a technology company founded in 2006 providing Print Solutions, Network & IT Solutions and custom Xerox App Solutions.

Through our Print Solutions, we offer sales and
support for Xerox copiers & printers. We also provide supplies & service support for HP, Lexmark, Dell and Brother printers. Currently we are managing thousands of copiers & printers making more than 5 million copies & prints every month.

With our Network Solutions, we provide Managed Network Services & IT Support to more than 70 small businesses, non-profits and religious organizations. We specialize in proactive support and provide onsite & remote assistance.

JustĀ·Tech is the first Xerox certified Personalized Application Builder Authorized Developer in the United States. With our App Solutions, we create custom apps for Xerox multi function copiers that increase efficiency and improve workflows. There are more than 35,000 apps that we have created installed on Xerox devices across the globe.

Welcome Back Level I Member!
Augusta County - Economic Development

Augusta County strives to provide a diverse and vibrant economy that offers a broad range of job opportunities in manufacturing, services, tourism and agriculture while supporting the delivery of high quality government services to its citizens. We endeavor to maximize economic opportunities for the area in a cost-effective manner and to provide the necessary resources to support the growth of existing and prospective businesses. Another goal is to create an environment that encourages, values and supports entrepreneurship. We strive to provide a level of awareness amongst students and young adults of the availability of local career and economic opportunities.

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  • IT Decisions, Harrisonburg (Level 2 Technician / Systems Engineer)
  • Immerge, Harrisonburg (Digital Marketing Specialist & Content Writer)
  • Harrisonburg IT Department (Technology Support Specialist)
  • Chiedo, Harrisonburg (Web Development Intern) -- No experience required!
  • Jenzabar, Harrisonburg (Software Engineer, Senior Software Developer, UX Designer, etc) 
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