TCS goIT Program
Tata Consultancy Services, a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has announced the completion of its inaugural goIT summer camp in Columbus, Ohio – an expansion of the company’s annual goIT program for students in the greater Cincinnati region. The Columbus camp, run out of The Ohio Union at The Ohio State University, is designed to foster high school students’ interest in pursuing a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Since its inception, the goIT program has reached over 2,000 students across 20 Ohio school districts through in-school workshops.
The TCS goIT program, which is free for all students, provides in-school IT career and awareness workshops, and hands-on technology education. Throughout the school year, over 40 TCS volunteers conducted workshops and other training targeted toward introducing students to new technologies and providing IT career awareness. The technology workshop topics have included basic programming lessons and technology hot-topics such as Web 2.0, social media and mobile technology.
“At TCS, we owe much of our success to our best-in-class talent, so we have a vested interest in inspiring today’s students to discover their potential to be innovators and leaders in science and technology,” said Surya Kant, President, TCS North America, UK and Europe. “We are expanding the goIT program into new regions in order to extend the benefits of the program to as many students as we can.”
Recent statistics show that over the past decade, university enrolment in STEM-related fields has decreased by over 60% in the US, while in 2012 alone over 150,000 tech jobs are projected to be available leading to roughly 2.5 jobs available for every IT graduate in the US. The goIT program began in the Cincinnati area four years ago to help combat this negative trend and has expanded to include two additional cities reaching over 25 individual schools. In addition to the Cincinnati and Columbus, OH areas, the goIT summer camp will also take place in Midland, MI. In the coming years, TCS plans to expand the goIT program’s reach to more high school students throughout the US.