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, aimed at growing interest and excitement in the IT field, provide the knowledge, experiences and connections necessary to pursue a career in IT. We bring students into direct contact with IT educators and men and women working in the field. Students learn about the availability, advantages and requirements of IT careers, as well as the skills and competencies needed for IT jobs today and in the future.


12th Annual CoolTech Challenge and Showcase: December 2019 through April 2020
CoolTech involves teams of rising 9th through 12th graders in a school to school competition for the most unique and impactful mobile app, mobile ready website/website or a concept for either which solve a community, school or business problem. Winning teams receive scholarship money and gift cards. All participants will have the opportunity to showcase their project to IT business leaders and professionals at the CoolTech Showcase during the annual OHTec Tech Week.

RSVP (RITE Site Visit Program): December 3 – December 13, 2019 (Winter Session) and February 25 – March 13, 2020 (Spring Session)
Take your class or student groups to visit behind-the-scenes at a regional employer to learn first-hand what it is like to work as an IT professional at that company. Visits offered will feature IT employers across a range of industry sectors. Depending on the company, site visits generally include presentations, tours, demonstrations, and lunch where students, faculty and company reps can sit together and converse about IT careers.

Worldwide Classroom Featuring Cleveland Clinic’s IT Department: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 (9am-10am)
New in 2019, RITE is now offering Cleveland Clinic’s unique virtual behind-the-scenes connected learning experience as a part of RSVP. To enroll go to select Meet a Health IT Services Team. In the “How did you hear about us?” section be sure to click “RITE”.

IT in Action: During OHTec Tech Week, April 20-24, 2020
Students from Lorain County high schools are invited to this event to meet college faculty from Lorain County Community College (LCCC), The University of Akron, and The University of Toledo in hands-on breakout sessions; learn the educational and career journey of young IT professionals from companies on the Lorain County RITE Council during a young professionals breakout session; and connection with IT professionals from local employers for open discussion around education, career opportunities, and a Q&A session over the lunch hour.

High School Technology Summer Camps in partnership with TECH CORPS: Summer 2020
These camps (Programming and Cybersecurity) provide a real-world technology experience that puts students in the role of creating and designing with technology—not just using and consuming it. In addition to developing in-demand technical and 21st century skills, the students in these camps (twenty at each location) are also exposed to professionals from Northeast Ohio companies and experience a college campus and learn about local educational options.

8th Annual Passport to IT Careers: Fall 2020
A one-day intensive IT career expo for high school students. Students can interact with professionals from a wide array of companies, colleges and universities to learn about IT careers, regional educational options and local employer opportunities. RITE’s 8th Annual Passport to IT Careers will occur simultaneously with the Information Security Summit & the Career Connection Expo at the I-X Conference Center. NEW THIS YEAR, programming and resources for teachers and faculty.

Explore IT: A resource booklet that contains information to help students learn about IT as a possible career path. The booklet explains Information Technology and addresses questions about IT jobs and how to prepare oneself.


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.

RITE Rewards: Help Earn Premier Status for Your School: October 2019 – August 2020
From across the region, teachers like you are finding ways to engage students in IT and Computer Science programs that help demystify IT as a career. These programs build interest, skills, knowledge, experiences, and the connections necessary to pursue IT careers. Through RITE Rewards, RITE provides special recognition and resources to highly engaged teachers. Teachers who promote, support and engage their students in multiple IT career awareness, exploration and immersive skills-based programs offered by RITE and its partners earn this distinction. Reward winners and their schools receive recognition on RITE’s website and at the annual Passport to IT Careers and earn cash prizes, early registration opportunities and unique engagement opportunities with IT business leaders and industry professionals.

Think of it as an IT career loyalty program. Each time you engage your students in a qualified activity, you earn credit towards rewards for you, your classroom and your school. Teachers qualify by enrolling their students in RITE and other program offerings and completing a simple year-end profile of engagement. This annual program kicks off in October 2019 at the 8th Annual Passport to IT Careers.

Regional CS & IT Educator Meet Ups: November 14, 2019 and April 22, 2020
As NEO’s regional IT workforce alliance, RITE collaborates with partners to bring information and engagement opportunities to the region’s high school teachers. Meet Ups are quarterly and are hosted by various partners and rotated at venues across the region. Meet Ups are held 5-7:30.

News to Use:
A summary of the Northeast Ohio’s regional portfolio of IT talent development programming that includes programs and competitions, curriculum and professional development, networking opportunities and fairs and expos.

To engage your students in RITE programs, contact Jamie Cole at

To volunteer as an IT professional for RITE’s programming for students and teachers, contact Doug Arthur at

To engage with RITE as an organizational partner, contact Courtney DeOreo at 440-281-5615 or to learn more about RITE’s Regional Educators Consortium or RITE’s Regional Program Committee.


Interested in sponsorship? Contact Courtney DeOreo at