RITE and its partners across Northeast Ohio are developing a regional portfolio of distinctive, integrated programs and resources for educators and students that successfully cultivate IT talent growth along the education to employment pipeline. At the core part of this regional portfolio is RITE’s programming, which helps bring IT to life and gives students the information they need to make informed career choices and take purposeful steps towards their future. Made possible through employer partners, RITE’s FREE programs and resources are aligned to industry demand and help students:

  • Gain the knowledge, experiences and connections necessary to pursue a career in IT.
  • Connect with IT educators and men and women working in the field today.
  • Learn about the availability, advantages and requirements needed for IT jobs today and in the future.


12th Annual CoolTech Challenge and Showcase: Spring 2020
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.

RSVP (RITE Site Visit Program): Spring 2020
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.

6th Annual IT in Action: Spring 2020
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.

High School Technology Summer Camps in partnership with TECH CORPS: Summer 2019
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.

8th Annual Passport to IT Careers: October 22, 2019
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 occurring simultaneously with BusinessTECH2018, organized by MCPc and OHTec, with 1200 IT leaders and professionals sharing their passion for IT.

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.

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.

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