RITE works with educators to shepherd students in their understanding, exploration and navigation of IT education and career pathways.

Through experiences that bring Information Technology to life, we help you guide the career choices of your students and make purposeful steps towards their future.

Our FREE programs for high school students are aimed at growing interest and excitement in the IT field.

  • Students gain the knowledge, experiences and connections necessary to pursue a career in IT.
  • Students are in direct contact with IT educators and men and women working in the field today.
  • Students learn about the availability, advantages and requirements needed for IT jobs today and in the future.


7th Annual Passport to IT Careers: A one-day intensive IT career expo for high school students. Students have the opportunity to interact with professionals from a wide array of companies, colleges and universities to learn about IT careers, regional educational options and local employer opportunities. Now occuring simultaneously with BusinessTECH2018, organized by MCPc and OHTec, with 1200 IT leaders and professionals sharing their passion for IT. October 18, 2018

11th Annual CoolTech Challenge: Teams of rising 9th through 12th graders participate in a school-to-school competition for a mobile app, mobile ready website/website, or a concept for either, that solves a community, school or business problem. Winning teams receive scholarship money and gift cards. All participants have the opportunity to showcase their project at the annual Best of Tech Awards hosted by OHTec. Details to be announced at Passport to IT Careers.

RSVP (RITE Site Visit Program): A behind-the-scenes visit at a local company where high school students to learn first-hand what it is like to work as an IT professional. Visits feature IT employers across a range of industry sectors. Spring 2019

IT in Action: Lorain County high school students engage with college faculty from Lorain County Community College (LCCC), The University of Akron, and The University of Toledo and IT professionals from local employers for open discussion around education and career opportunities. Spring 2019

High School Technology Summer Camps in partnership with TECH CORPS: Camps in Programming and Cybersecurity provide a real-world technology experience for high school students. Hosted by the region’s colleges and universities, students connect with IT professionals in the field and learn about educational options while experiencing a college campus. Twenty students at each location. Summer 2019


RITE recognizes the profound impact teachers can have on students’ education and career choices. Through RITE’s IT career exploration and education programs, teachers learn about IT career pathways and impart to their students what they need to know to choose a career in IT. Each year, RITE recognizes enterprising teachers and offer rewards to those who engage their students in RITE and other high quality programs.

Teacher Rewards: High school teachers who promote, support and engage their students in multiple IT career programs offered by RITE and its partners and meet other criteria during the upcoming program year (September 2018 – August 2019) qualify. Benefits include cash prizes, school recognition, early registration opportunities and unique engagement opportunities with IT business leaders and industry professionals. Program launches October.

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