Apprenti PGH, a new technology-focused apprenticeship program, is working to diversify the tech field. Learn how their career pathway can get you on the path to a high-paying career.
What is Apprenti PGH? Apprenti PGH is the first technology-focused apprenticeship program in Western Pennsylvania. It seeks to provide an alternative pathway for underrepresented populations, including women, people of color, veterans, people with disabilities, and displaced workers, to participate in high-paying, family-sustaining careers in tech. The program recruits individuals regardless of educational or professional background. All individuals are welcome to apply. Initial cohorts will focus on software and web developer roles, with...
Supporting Older Adults in Allegheny County
In August, Computer Reach distributed 40 laptops and 27 hotspots to volunteers at the Allegheny County Senior Companion program. The program connects older adults in the community with volunteers age 55 and older who provide friendly weekly visits. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was unable to offer in-person services. They did not have access to the technology needed to offer virtual visits either. To remedy this, we distributed laptops and hotspots, offered set up support, and answered recipient questions to make the tech more user-friendly.
What is the Senior Companion program?
The Senior Companion...
120 Laptops Will Be Distributed
Computer Reach is working to get 120 Windows laptops into the hands of students and instructors at Life Male STEAM Academy (LMSA), a new STEAM-focused charter school in the Woodland Hills School District. 100 laptops will be distributed to 6th and 7th graders at the school, with the remaining 20 laptops being distributed to instructors.
What is Life Male STEAM Academy? Life Male STEAM Academy (LMSA) is a charter school that helps young men prepare for college, careers, and success. Founded in 2015, it is the only K-12 male academy with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering,...
Prepare for STEM Careers
Fortyx80 and the Pittsburgh Technology Council are accepting applications for the 2021 LAUNCH program which helps high school girls pursue a successful career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). The program transforms the natural curiosity of high school girls into a voice of leadership in the STEM industry. Participants receive $250 upon completion of the program.
What does the program offer? Experiential learning through on-site visit into the tech industry.
Customized lessons aligned to the PA Career Education and Work standards.
Opportunities to explore careers through job shadowing.
Opportunities for participants to build personal and professional networks.
Computer Reach completed 2 Digital Navigator projects in July, which distributed 40 computer bundles and 40 hotspots to local Pittsburgh residents and offered 1:1 in-person setup support and digital literacy training.
What is the Digital Navigators program?
Computer Reach's Digital Navigators program provides recipients with: a free desktop computer bundle (including an external webcam),
a free hotspot,
1:1 in-person setup support and digital literacy training,
and follow-up tech support over the phone or in-person as needed. All services are provided at no cost to the recipients. To learn more, read our news post or a testimonial from...
In July, Computer Reach invited David Freudberg of Humankind Media to Pittsburgh to talk with Melvin Lewis, a recipient of Computer Reach's Digital Navigator program. Freudberg is using the interview to write an NPR story about the program, which will be broadcast nationally in September 2021.
Quotes from the Interview
During the interview, Melvin talked about the services he received through Computer Reach's Digital Navigator program. Here are some of the things he said: "When came to install and show me how to use the computer and internet, I couldn’t believe it. I felt so...
Celebrating Crossroads Scholar Bryce Matthews Crossroads and Computer Reach have been very close partners for years. Our partnership gives high school students the opportunity to explore the field of computer science through the lens of nonprofits. One example of this has been current Crossroads Scholar Bryce Matthews.
A rising senior at Central Catholic High School, Bryce has participated in Computer Reach’s summer camps in the past, and this summer he returned to Computer Reach to spend some time working under the wing of Computer Reach’s Technology Manager, David Mitchell, all while getting paid through the Crossroads...
Official Launch of Digital Navigator Service Model
In June, Computer Reach launched 2 projects where we visited the homes of our end-users to complete one-on-one 1-hour computer setup sessions. Each session included: the setup of a desktop computer bundle and external webcam,
the setup up a hotspot to provide internet access,
basic training on passwords, internet safety, and email, and
time for end-users to ask questions. We also offer back-end technical support. If an issue is not resolved via phone, we send out a Digital Navigator to assist the end-user in person.
Do end-users have to pay for these services?
No. Computer Reach...
Our eBay Store is Online
Computer Reach is now selling items on our eBay page, including refurbished mobile devices, networking equipment (switches, access points, etc.), and high-end computers that are too expensive to sell locally. Devices will be distributed across the United States.
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Computers for Sale
Need a computer? We have affordable computers ($75 - $260) for sale in Pittsburgh! Current devices include 3 Apple MacBooks, 1 HP G71 Notebook, 1 Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e, and...
Are you interested in meeting up with software development professionals from Southwestern Pennsylvania to talk tech, coding, project management, and more? Attend the free 2021 Virtual Pittsburgh TechFest this August!
Pittsburgh TechFest is an event that convenes software development professionals from Southwestern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas to talk and learn about perfecting their craft. Featured topics include coding, tools, agile, project management, and more. This year's event will be hosted virtually on August 5 and 6. Both days will feature breakout sessions and networking opportunities. All development disciplines (devs, testers, PMs, DBAs, BAs etc.) and development stacks (Ruby, Java, .Net,...