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June 15,  2018
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2018 Start-Up Grants Now Available for FLL Teams
Del. Landes Announces GO VA Region 8 Funding for Cyber Security Workforce Dev. & Jobs Program
Learning Can Be Fun Technology Courses (June)
Distributed Wind Assistance Program - Webinar (6/18)
Robotics Camp for Rising 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Graders (6/18 - 6/22)
8-Week Business Planning Course (starting 6/20)
Code and Coffee Study Group (6/20)
The Junior Academy | STEM Program for Students (application deadline June 30)
SAVE THE DATE: Valley TechCon (9/28)
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Job Opening | Software Engineer, Jenzabar in Harrisonburg
Job Opening | Director of Information Technology, Lexington City Schools
Job Opening | Technology Support Specialist, City of Harrisonburg IT Department
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Each year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council sponsors three new FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams from the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately half of the start-up cost of a new team is reimbursed, up to $350.

Eligibility: Teams must be located in the footprint of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's area of operation and intend to participate in the FLL competition within one year of receiving the grant. This grant can be used towards any equipment required for competition in FIRST LEGO League, including one or more LEGO robotics kits, a competition practice table, and an FLL field setup kit.

If you are interested in applying for the FLL Start-Up Grant, please complete the following form, and follow the steps as indicated on the form:

About FLL
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) was created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO company and inspires future scientists and engineers. it is an international competition that challenges young participants to think like scientists and engineers. Every year FLL introduces kids to a real-world scientific topic, and teams are challenged to find a solution. They also build a robot and compete in a friendly, FIRST-style robotics event specially designed for their age group.

For more information, visit our  FLL information page or the  VA/DC FIRST LEGO League website.


Richmond, VADel. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and Member of the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board (GO Virginia), today announced GO Virginia has approved $200,000 in funding for Region 8 to Blue Ridge Community College. Delegate Landes voted in favor of the funding approved for Region 8, as well as $249,472 in funding approved for Piedmont Virginia Community College in Region 9.

"I am pleased to announce Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) will be receiving $200,000 in GO Virginia funding for its Cyber Security Workforce Development and Jobs Program. This funding will enable BRCC to establish a new cyber security workforce development program and bring jobs in the cyber security industry to the Shenandoah Valley," said Landes. "There is certainly a growing need for cyber security professionals and this funding will benefit BRCC and the thriving industries in the Valley by addressing the statewide shortage for jobs in cyber security and related industries. Endeavors like these are why I have been an ardent supporter of GO Virginia and a great testament to the benefits of private/public partnerships to invigorate Virginia's economy."

The proposed project will implement a new cyber security workforce development program through BRCC focused on bringing cyber security jobs to the Shenandoah Valley. The project aims to spur regional growth in the high-wage cyber, security industry through the implementation of a new self-paced, non-credit training course. The project will produce new industry credentials (CompTIA Security+) that are not currently offered in the region. GO Virginia Funds will be used for training, software, program coordination, and administration. The cities of Harrisonburg and Waynesboro provided the local match for this project.

Landes represents the 25th House District, which includes parts of Albemarle, Augusta, and Rockingham Counties. Landes is currently serving his twelfth term in the Virginia House of Delegates. Visit for additional information.

About GO Virginia
GO Virginia is an initiative by Virginia's senior business leaders to foster private-sector growth and job creation through state incentives for regional collaboration by business, education, and government. The  Growth & Opportunity Board, responsible for awarding allotted funds to relevant projects, oversees  Regional Councils, who submit project ideas to the Board for approval. The  Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development supports the administrative aspects of both these entities, and the  GO Virginia Foundation supports these efforts through education about best practices and advocacy. Learn more at

Distributed Wind Assistance Program - Webinar 

June 18, 2018 | 12 pm - 1 pm
Note: you will receive instructions on how to access
the webinar after you register

It is our pleasure to thank you for your demonstrated interest in adopting Distributed Wind Energy on your property, and to announce that the Center for Wind Energy at JMU will host a Distributed Wind Assistance Program (DWAP) Informational Webinar at  12 noon on Monday, 1 8th June 2018. We hope you will join us for a  program update; to receive information regarding equipment optionsREAP applications, and  financing tips; and to discuss the intended  next steps.

Program Summary,
The Distributed Wind Assistance Program for Virginia was launched last year by the Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University to leverage the excellent wind resources in Virginia where they coincide with rural small businesses and agricultural producers. The program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, advances diversification of the state's power generation portfolio while simultaneously enabling small businesses and agricultural producers to generate power independently while reducing their electricity costs.

Robotics Camp for 
Rising 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Graders
(6/18 - 6/22)
June 18 - 22, 2018 | 9 am - 4 pm
Physics and Chemistry Building, JMU

This exciting robotics camp is an advanced program designed for middle school students who want to push robots to the limits.  We'll be using the latest EV3 robot from LEGO.  This platform is a significant improvement from the old NXT - you can control up to 4 motors and 4 sensors simultaneously.  The system has expanded memory, processing power, wifi, and Bluetooth.  These sensors are more accurate and they've added a gyro sensor that opens a whole realm of possible applications.  You'll learn how to use all the sensors as well as advanced building and programming techniques from two JMU Physics professors - both long-time AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) who use LEGO robots in their college courses.  

Rising 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. 

The cost for the program is $300.00

Enrollment is limited to 25 spots.

Drop off and pick up will be at the Physics & Chemistry building, located on JMU's campus.

Questions? Please contact Melissa Heatwole at or call 540/568-4226.

8-Week Business Planning Course (starting 6/20)
Begins June 20, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm | SCCF Office

Join us for 8 weeks of training, support, and inspiration! Bring your business idea and energy - SCCF will provide the rest! Special topics include Legal Structure, Market Research and Marketing Plan, Financials and Pricing, Cash Flow, and Taxes. By the end of the course you will have a solid business plan written, plus all the resources you need to get your business started!

Register for 8-week business planning course

Code and Coffee Study Group  (6/20)
June 20, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Black Sheep Coffee

Join us for Code & Coffee Study Group! Whether you're looking to keep practicing what you learned in your last class or are in the midst of a project, your community is here to help!

This will be an informal event where members can meet each other and collaborate. TAs will be there to help troubleshoot and brainstorm ideas with you!

Have a project idea and some skills, but haven't attended a GDI event yet? Want to focus on helping others with their projects? You're welcome too!

This is also a great event for first time attendees who just want to socialize and learn more about GDI. 

As a group, everyone will hold each other accountable for completing our projects, and provide on-going support and feedback.

Bring a laptop and something to work on. It's okay if you don't have a project! Feel free to come by for the whole thing or drop in when you have time.

Register for June 20, 2018 Code and Coffee study group

The Junior Academy | STEM Program for Students
(application deadline June 30)


Each year, students ages 13-18 are invited to join The Junior Academy (it is FREE). Successful applicants gain lifelong access to exclusive educational opportunities and a remarkable global STEM network through Launchpad, a virtual collaboration platform.  Students develop advanced research, innovation, and collaboration skills with best-in-class learning resources and leverage these skills to compete in challenges sponsored by industry-leading companies.

The ideal student is an enthusiastic learner and problem solver with a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). He or she has a desire to learn more about the universe, and aspires to help address the world's most pressing challenges through research and collaboration.

The program is virtual and open to students anywhere in the world. All participants must have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection.

Note: students must receive a positive endorsement from an educator to participate.

For more information and to apply, visit

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Job Opening: Software Engineer

Jenzabar is looking for a talented and experienced Software Engineer to join our team of passionate people in designing and developing a high quality, end user focused administrative web application for higher education. This individual should be highly proficient with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/jQuery and have a passion for web development as well as a keen eye for well-designed UX and UI. The Software Engineer should have solid experience with Responsive Web Design techniques to build interfaces which will adapt to the many devices in which our end users will use to access our application. Solid experience with developing .Net MVC web applications and the .Net framework is highly preferred. If you enjoy working in a team environment to develop an application that will not just let users do their work but help them do their work, then please consider joining the Jenzabar team.

Job Opening: 
Director of Information Technology 

Lexington City Schools | Lexington

The Director of Information Technology is responsible for the design, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of all server, network, and computing technology for Lexington City Schools and the City of Lexington. This position also assists with networking and server support at the Rockbridge ECC. The position reports to the Superintendent of Lexington City Schools and the City Manager. Given oversight of the city's varied technology infrastructure, the Director of Information Technology must be self - driven, organized, and possess a keen attention to detail. As primary support for faculty, staff, and students, the Director of Information Technology must also be collaborative and committed to customer service. 

Job Opening: 
Technology Support Specialist

City of Harrisonburg IT Department | Harrisonburg
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Do you want to make a difference in the community by partnering with City departments to leverage technology that will effectively serve customers? If so, the City of Harrisonburg's vacant Technology Support Specialist position may be a great fit for you!  Position serves as a technology resource for City personnel and associated users; provides guidance and support in the installation, operation and maintenance of various types of information/communications technology including workstations, peripheral devices, VOIP (Voice over IP) phones, mobile devices and AV equipment.  Position keeps records of service requests and fulfillment; assists in network maintenance at the direction of network administrators; performs related work as required.  Technology Support Specialist work is performed under the supervision of the Systems Analyst.

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