Marietta College forges after-school partnership with Ely Chapman

Marietta College officials are excited to announce the launch of a new initiative aimed at providing entrepreneurship and computer coding skills to area middle school students.

As part of the Ely Chapman Education Foundation afterschool program, Marietta College students will be delivering a year-long curriculum to middle school students to develop their computer coding and entrepreneurial skills. This program was developed with the Department of Math, Computing, and Information Systems and Entrepreneurship Program.

Dr. Jacqueline Khorassani, Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Marietta College, said she likes the idea of engaging students at a young age.

“We are excited to be a part of this project. It is an opportunity to extend the academic learning and entrepreneurship curriculum beyond our campus,” she said. “It will be interesting to watch the students discover new ideas and make entrepreneurial plans based on what they learn over the coming months. Middle school students will also participate in Marietta College’s PioPitch program, where they will interact with established and aspiring entrepreneurs. This is a wonderful opportunity for area youth.”

Alice Chapman, Founder and Chair of Ely Chapman, said the program is designed to prepare students to develop work and life skills that will prepare them for tomorrow’s job market.

“We will try to give the students skills and flexibility that will prepare them for jobs that don’t exist today and we can’t even dream about,” she said. “These classes will try to give the students a way of thinking that will help them adapt to the great changes that they will see in their lifetime.”

Students at Ely Chapman have expressed an interest in coding. These students will have the opportunity to learn from students majoring in computing at Marietta College. Bob Van Camp, Associate Professor of Information Systems, said the skill of coding will benefit these students and will help them prepare for future careers.

“Ely Chapman has been a great partner of the College over the past several years,” said Robin Stewart, Grants, Corporate and Foundation Gifts Officer. “Our Education and Leadership students have been engaged in internships and other applied learning opportunities at Ely Chapman. Our Physician Assistant students are also gaining valuable experience at Ely Chapman. We are excited to expand this community-based collaboration to provide real-world opportunities for students studying computer science and business and entrepreneurship. We welcome IT businesses in the community to partner with us on this initiative.”