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TECH CORPS California (TCCA)'s primary focus is on K-12 schools and youth development agencies in San Francisco and Silicon Valley to whom it offers Student TECH CORPS (STC) and Managed Volunteer Programs (MVP). TCCA's mission is to build long-term partnerships with California's K-12 schools to support their use of technology for meeting their educational goals to improve student learning. TCCA mobilizes students and technology volunteers to provide technology support to schools, so that educators can focus on student learning.
TCCA's Programs: a. Student TECH CORPS (STC), www.techcorpsca.org, engages and trains middle and high school youth to provide technical support to their schools. It has the following key components: - Online curriculum with computer, Internet, and customer service modules - Student testing, performance assessment, and certification; - Student Help Desk and call tracking software; - Volunteer team to assist with curriculum, troubleshooting, and mentoring. b. Managed Volunteer Program (MVP), company employees or community volunteers, are recruited and coordinated by TCCA, to provide technical support, website design, training, mentoring, and other technical assistance to elementary schools. TCCA activities include: - Identify and qualify tech-savvy volunteers in their community; - Orient technology volunteers to work effectively with young people; - Match volunteers with technology projects that utilize volunteer skills and interests and meet the specific need of individual educators and schools; and - Develop an infrastructure to manage and sustain technology volunteer program. Generally, educators and volunteers who participate in TCCA's MVPs semester or year-long projects participate in: - Computer and printer repair; - Professional development and technology training for teachers; - Website and database development; - Career mentoring for students.
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