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After the Luncheon: How Are Unmanned Systems Actually Utilized Today & How Will They Be Used Tomorrow?
Free Grow with Google Livestream: Google Tools for Job Searchers (7/22)
Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference | Free to VA State & Federal Employees (7/27 - 7/28)
Local Discovery Museums Will Hold In-Person Camps | Harrisonburg & Winchester (June - August)
BRCC's Learning Can Be Fun - All Classes Online (June - August)
JMU Presents ONLINE Youth Programs (June - July)
COVID-19 Business Resources, Local Open/Closed Businesses, & Other Information
Welcome New SVTC Member: Innovault Coworking Space
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
Rocktown Tech Slack Channel Link


On Thursday, July 16, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council held a virtual luncheon, titled " How Are Unmanned Systems (UxS) Actually Utilized Today ... and How Will They Be Used Tomorrow?" Tracy Tynan and Jay Willmott of the  Virginia Unmanned Systems Center at CIT provided a dynamic presentation of this unique technology sector. For those who were unable to attend our luncheon, we have posted a recording and encourage those interested to take a look! 

The link to the video will be posted on our website at https://svtc-va.org/luncheon-presentations/ , so anyone can reference back anytime. While you're there, feel free to browse other past presentations.

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Free Grow with Google Livestream:
Google Tools for Job Searchers (7/22)
 

  
Immerge and the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center are hosting the free Grow with Google Livestream on how to use Google tools to land your next job. Stick around after the live stream to ask the hosts specific questions on search engines, local job resources, and the live stream subject matter


Register for July 22, 2020 Grow with Google Livestream
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The 2020 Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference will be held virtually on July 27-28th and will include two partial days of workshops, breakout sessions, and short talks focused on cybersecurity education and associated resources for educators and security professionals.

There will be a conference capture-the-flag competition, as well as birds-of-a-feather networking sessions and a late-afternoon happy hour. All registered participants will have access to the session recordings after the event.

Conference registration to Virginia high school and college faculty, as well as other Virginia state and federal employees, will be provided free of charge, and to others at a significantly reduced rate. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will also still be provided. The new virtual registration fees are:

VA State/Fed Employee Non-VA/Private Educator Industry Partner College Student
FREE $50 $75 $25

You must register to participate in the conference, even if the cost to you is free. 

Register for July 27-28 VA Cybersecurity Education Conference
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Local Discovery Museums Will Hold In-Person Camps Harrisonburg & Winchester (June - August)

       

Both the Explore More Discovery Museum and  Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum are  holding summer camps in-person while taking health and safety precautions, beginning June 29.  There are various camps, some with STEM topics, ranging from from Pre-K through Grade 8. Camps will run through the summer and end in August.

Explore More Discovery Museum Summer Camps (Harrisonburg)
Half Day Camps: $135.00 (Members: $105.00)
Full Day Camps:  $270.00 (Members: $210.00)


Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Summer Camps (Winchester)

Discovery Museum members : $125 half-day
Non-members: $145 half-day
Discount for attending 3+ camps!


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BRCC's Learning Can Be Fun - All Classes Online (June - August)


Blue Ridge Community College's popular Learning Can Be Fun (LCBF) summer youth program offers 85 classes, providing rising 3-12 grade students plenty of opportunities for virtual learning.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, all classes meet online, with real-time learning taking place live with an instructor and other students for a virtual bonding experience over a one-week period.  Each class is grouped by appropriate age levels, with class size kept to a minimum to allow for individual attention.

Classes include the following subjects:
  • Black Rocket Productions- 60 classes
    • Design
    • Coding
    • Video Game Creation
    • Sports Challenges
    • Minecraft
    • JavaScript & Python
    • YouTube Content Creators
  • Science and Technology - 2 classes
  • Culture, History, Language, and Literature - 10 classes
  • Art, Music, and Theatre - 7 classes

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JMU Presents ONLINE Youth Programs (July)



JMU Professional & Continuing Education is providing opportunities for online camps and learning for kids, many of which are STEM-based! Please take a look at the following camps and programs starting in June 2020.

Science Explorers Camp
Using JMU's unique facilities such as the John C. Wells Planetarium, Science on a Sphere, among others, camp-goers will get to explore different areas of science, including biology, earth science, chemistry, forensic science, physics and astronomy and more!  We seek to inspire and excite the next generation. Science Explorers Camp will touch on topics covered in the former Space Explorers Camp, while introducing new concepts, activities, and STEM challenges. 

Full Day Camp (rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades)
July 6-10, 2020  Program Fee: $80.00

Full Day Camp (rising 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th grades)
July 13-17, 2020 P
rogram Fee: $80.00



College for Kids | July 27-31, 2020 | Grades: Rising K-8th
College for Kids  provides an enriching, educational, and fun experience  for children in grades K-8. Students work with JMU faculty and graduate students, as well as experts from the community, to explore and discover talents they never knew they had! Classes include STEM topics such as A Dino-Mite STEM AdventureUncovering the Mysteries of Science, and MORE!

Registration Fees: 
1 Session (Am or PM) for the week $80.00,
2 Sessions (AM & PM) for the week $160.00

College for Kids registration, class details, and more information


To check out all Youth Programs, please visit  https://www.jmu.edu/pce/programs/all/youth-programs/index.shtml

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COVID-19 Resources & Local Open/Closed Businesses
 
During this uncertain time, we feel the need to share information that will help our readers monitor the current situation. Below we have linked several resources. 

We also recommend you take a look at the following article providing additional COVID-19 resources for economic development planning and recovery https://restoreyoureconomy.org/

Resources to monitor COVID-19 updates:
Open/closed businesses (& altered hours of operations) in the Shenandoah Valley:
Broadband Resources
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Virginian's ability to work, access healthcare and education, and has magnified the digital divide more than ever before. The Commonwealth Connect team has launched a webpage to provide information about what both the federal government and Virginia's ISPs are doing in response to the crisis. Please see: https://www.commonwealthconnect.virginia.gov/COVID-19

Local City & County Recovery Funding
  • Rockingham County Small Business Grant Program: This program can assist a small business with cash needed for working capital to support rent or mortgage payments, utility, payroll, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business through the pandemic. 
  • Staunton Downtown Development Association "Better Together" Grants: "Better Together" grants will be awarded to Downtown Service District (DSD) businesses who join forces to develop new products and services in the wake of COVID-19. Grant dollars will aid businesses in covering the costs of advertising, marketing, or promotions of their newly created products and combined services. This is a rolling grant with multiple periods of availability.
Business Resources
  • SBA's Disaster Loan is a program designed to help small businesses and non-profit organizations meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot otherwise be met as a direct result of COVID-19. The SV SBDC provides information and assistance in the loan preparation documents. To learn how to apply for the SBA EIDL: Economic Injury Disaster Loan. For assistance from the SVSBDC to apply see here: valleysbdc.org/covid-19.
  • Status of Building Officials' offices across the Commonwealth on VBCOA website
  • Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational RegulationCOVID-19 Update Page outlines regulated non-essential businesses that most close 
  • FEMA has a page on HOW TO HELP that gives contact information producing COVID-19 related products.  *Contact the SBDC office if you want more detail on the challenges of creating/manufacturing personal protective products, and we'll put you in touch with our International Trade Manager and other subject matter experts.
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Welcome New SVTC Member!
Innovault

We founded InnoVault with the intention of bringing a new set facilities to Winchester City, giving our members everything they need to be their most productive and bring their great ideas to life. Located at the heart of Old Town Winchester, InnoVault is 9,000 square feet of co-working office and event space designed to capture both the history and contemporary vibrancy of Winchester. The hot-desking space in the Grand Banking Hall provides settings and resources for every working style, with emphasis on growth and community. Our private offices allow 24 hour access to your dedicated office space without the hassle long contracts or high overheads.

There is always something going on at InnoVault, our calendar is full of professional, social, training and wellbeing events where you can connect, learn and share. From social media training courses to networking receptions, mindfulness sessions and international keynote speaker events, we have something for everyone.


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  • BidWrangler, Harrisonburg (Customer Success Team Member)
  • James Madison University IT Dept, Harrisonburg (Linux System Administrator )
  • Generate Impact, Harrisonburg (Tech Lead)
  • Segra, Waynesboro (IT Operations Technician)
  • Harrisonburg High School (Computer Science Teacher)
  • Augusta County Service Authority, Verona (Systems Analyst/Developer)
GOT ADDITIONAL JOBS THAT SHOULD BE PUBLICIZED ? SEND US A NOTE AND WE'LL PUBLICIZE THEM.
 
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Currently there are 18 channels and over 450 members. Sign-up

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