“SYDCON believes in encouraging growth in Computer Science Education as well as empowering and encouraging women/girls in tech.”

Over the last few years, SYDCON has worked closely with our Community School District 155 on their GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math & Science) program geared towards elementary and middle school girls.  The GEMS program also provides a mentor program for high school girls in STEM.

In 2016-2017 school year, SYDCON became directly involved in Community High School District 155 and in specific Prairie Ridge High School and their pilot program called “Business Incubator”. We are directly involved in class projects, mentoring the entire class and working closely with a specific group in a coaching capacity to bring a product prototype to market. We provide programming, software and business guidance to high school juniors and seniors.

We have partnered with the community high school district to offer opportunities for students specifically interested in computer science and programming. We have allowed highly motivated and interested students to come in and participate in job shadowing where they have access to our team of expert developers to learn more about the exciting and challenging careers in tech.

Jennifer & Dave the owners of SYDCON firmly believe in the importance of giving back to the community as well as encouraging the growth and advancement of Computer Science Education in US students.

SYDCON In The Community Encouraging Computer Science Education

"Mr. Devitt has done much more than making an app for us as if that wasn't enough. Mr. Devitt taught us the process of making an app and I never knew how much work went into this process. It was very interesting to go through the process and I learned a lot. Mr. Devitt really knows every aspect of the business world, and he has advised us on many different things ranging anywhere from the incremental parts of business to the financial aspects. He not only helped us in business but really improved our presentation skills by assisting us in refining the presentation for our app. Overall Mr. Devitt has put in a lot of time and effort into helping us succeed. Having Mr. Devitt as a mentor makes me feel confident in our group's success in the future."

- Patrick Yeschek
Prairie Ridge High School, Incubator Class '17

Our partnership between SYDCON and the D155 GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) program the past two years has been impactful for our high school and middle school participants.  In January 2016, Jennifer Devitt, VP of Business Development, contacted me about volunteering at our January event.  She and David hosted a booth for that was visited by over 100 middle school girls and their parents.  They shared their interest in coding and app development.  I was thrilled when they asked about conducting a workshop session for the January 2017 event.  Their session focused on teaching the students the basics of HTML coding.  Students enjoyed seeing their work come to life on the screen.  Additionally, on December 7,  2016, SYDCON sponsored a mini-GEMS event on coding.  Over 50 middle and high school girls participated in the event.  Jennifer graciously shared her story about her professional journey with the students.  She helped these young women to understand that career paths are not often straight and that there is room for women in all aspects of careers in the technology industry.  I look forward to an ongoing partnership with SYDCON.

- Kathy Gilbert
STEM Division Leader
Prairie Ridge High School


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