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Segra & Pioneer Bank Celebration Event (6/25)
Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) Grant Round will Open on Monday, June 24
MakerGirl + JMU 3Space | Harrisonburg (6/13)
BRCC's Learning Can Be Fun Summer Youth Program (June - July 2019)
Explore More Discovery Museum STEM Activities (June - August 2019)
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Summer Camps (June - August 2019)
JMU's Science Explorers Camps (July 2019)
Bots and Beverages: A Meetup for Educators (7/17)
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
Rocktown Tech Slack Channel Link
Segra & Pioneer Bank Celebration Event (6/25)

LIMITED SPACE - only 24 seats on the vans! Connect in-depth with tech users and creators while taking a short ride to Page County. (Preference given to SVTC members but non-members are welcome to register as well until space runs out.)

Celebrate fiber and a full suite of telecom services in Page County -a venture by Segra and Pioneer Bank-,  get great odds to win a drone, be treated to refreshments and BBQ ... AND  enjoy a comfy ride there and back while doing high-level networking with our board members. SPACE IS LIMITED!! 

We'll meet in Harrisonburg (Valley Mall, 4: 30 pm), board two vans, and depart for Stanley, VA at 4:45 pm, returning at 8:15 pm. Raffles will be held for various prizes - the grand-prize is a drone. Each SVTC-registered guest will receive 3 raffle entries instead of one. (This event *is* open to non-SVTC members.)

Transportation Schedule:
  • 4:30 pm - Meet at Harrisonburg Valley Mall; 4:45 pm - Depart Harrisonburg Valley Mall
  • 5:30 pm - Arrive at Stanley Fire Department; 7:30 pm - Leave Stanley Fire Department
  • 8:15 pm - Arrive back at Harrisonburg Valley Mall
Speakers and VIPs: 
  • Mark Reed, Pioneer Bank CEO; Loretta Lancaster, Pioneer Bank CIO; Bart May, Segra Sales Engineer; Jim Nester, Segra VP Marketing; Chris Shipman, Segra VP of Sales; Liz Lewis, Page County Economic Development; Mark Stroupe, Page County Supervisor
Food (by Little Cabin BBQ): 
  • Meatballs; Smokie sausages; Chicken salad & pimento cheese finger sandwiches; Assorted veggies & dip; Assorted cheese & crackers; Spinach dip, hummus & chips; Assorted fruits
Preference will be given to SVTC members, and we will register them in order of submission. (*) Non-members are invited to register as well. (There are 24 spots. We will notify ALL who register whether they received a seat nlt 2 days prior. First come, first serve.)

 Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI)
Grant Round will Open on Monday, June 24
2020 VATI Application Deadline

The Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) extends broadband service to currently unserved areas. VATI prepares communities to build, utilize, and capitalize on telecommunications infrastructure with the goal of creating strong, competitive communities. Consistent with the enabling legislation, DHCD will award the $4 million appropriation to eligible applicants, subsidizing construction costs and providing last-mile services to these unserved areas of the state.

The FY2020 Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) grant round will open on Monday, June 24, 2019. The deadline for completed applications will be Monday, Sept.3, 2019. 
DHCD has received $19 million for FY2020 to implement broadband infrastructure deployment in partnership with units of local government and private internet service providers across the Commonwealth. The funds shall be used to extend service to areas that presently are unserved by any broadband provider.

2020 VATI Draft Guideline Release
Please follow this  link for the FY2020 VATIdraft guidelines. Public comment on the VATI guidelines will be due by Monday, June 10. 
There will be two public input sessions to discuss the proposed FY2020 VATI guidelines and criteria. While stakeholders are welcome to attend either or both sessions, the first session will focus on gathering feedback and input from Internet Service Providers (ISPs), while the second input session will focus on gathering feedback and input from units of local government and citizens. Public comment may also be emailed to
VATI How-To-Apply Webinar

DHCD will be hosting a FY2020 VATI how-to-apply webinar for the FY2020 on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 10 a.m.


MakerGirl + JMU 3Space | Harrisonburg (6/13)
Join us for an exciting and engaging 3D printing session! MakerGirl inspires young girls to be active in STEM through 3D printing sessions. During the session, girls are introduced to the 3D printing process and learn how to design and 3D print their own object. The girls will get to take home their 3D printed object.

BRCC's Learning Can Be Fun Summer Youth Program
(June - July 2019)
BRCC is offering several technology courses during their Learning Can Be Fun (LCBF) summer youth program this year! Take a look below at the following courses that are being offered during the months of June and July:

Explore More Discovery Museum STEM Activities
(June - August 2019)

Explore More Discovery Museum in Harrisonburg will have several STEM opportunities this summer, from weekly programs to summer camps. Take a look below at the following STEM-related courses that are being offered during the months of June through August. Additional activities can be found on their website


Additional Summer Explorer Camps 

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Summer Camps 
(June - August 2019)
Join us at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum for a summer of adventure, education, and fun!  There are camp experiences for everyone, from preschool to high school! All programs are led by qualified professionals, with curriculum enhanced by the SVDM education team. The Discovery Museum is running a full summer of enriching fun from June to August.

Technology camps available: 

JMU's Science Explorers Camps (July 2019)
 James Madison University
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! Science Explorers Camp will touch on topics covered in the former Space Explorers Camp, while introducing new concepts, activities, and STEM challenges. 

JMU's Science Explorers Camp provides hands-on learning opportunities to 1st through 11th grade students. These camps seek to grow leaders and problems solvers of tomorrow, by building knowledge and curiosity today! 

All teachers and students working with the campers will go through a teacher training program so that they are ready to help your children actively engage in learning! 

There are three camps available for different age ranges. See details below: 

Bots and Beverages: A Meetup for Educators (7/17)
Kick back, relax, and create some robots with teachers in your area at  Pale Fire Brewing Co.! Talk with peers about edtech, bring curriculum ideas & questions, or use the  Hummingbird Robotics Kit to make your own robot.

No programming/robotics experience required! Technology and craft materials will be provided. Brews and other beverages are available for purchase at the bar.
Email with questions.

  • Shentel, Edinburg or Waynesboro (two IT Internships)
  • Vision Technology Group, Harrisonburg (Tier III Network Engineer)
  • Chiedo Labs, Harrisonburg (two full-time Javascript Developer openings, Back-End Developer, React Developer, Web Development Intern)
  • Jenzabar, Harrisonburg (Software Developer, Senior Software Developer, etc) 
  • Budget Referee, Harrisonburg (Full Stack Developer with front end web development focus)
  • Ryzing Technologies, Staunton (Mechanical Engineer)
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