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Bringing Hope to Kids During Times of Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2020

100 eighth graders to be connected to their future career through a weeklong virtual camp

TEXAS – SUMMER 2020 – Education Service Center (ESC) Region 20 in Texas and Experience (ExperienceAmerica.com), a leading organization in global experiential learning, have come together to support the future career dreams of a group of eighth graders. It’s all being done through a one-of-a-kind virtual summer learning camp with one very specific focus — cybersecurity.

 

Naomi Woods, College and Career Military Readiness Regional Coordinator for ESC-20, explains why this virtual camp is so important to these students. “Due to the pandemic, students from coast-to-coast have been living in a state of limbo. They’ve been disconnected from their routines and isolated from their friends, causing anxiety and depression for many. This summer program is a ray of sunshine to help cut through all of that by providing a space kids can come together virtually and do something really amazing.”

 

The program Ms. Woods is referring to will be an innovative and fully immersive cybersecurity summer camp running from July 20-24. Students will be provided with a packed itinerary that will open their minds, introduce them to industry leaders and expand their career path toward their field of interest (cybersecurity). “Thanks to amazing regional partners such as NSA Texas, NICE/NIST, CPS Energy and the FBI, we’ve been able to offer students a comprehensive program that represents the best of the best,” states Ms. Woods. “Plus we’ve secured funding at the state level to offer full scholarships to 45 deserving students, along with Chromebooks to ensure all kids, regardless of socio-economic status, will be able to get the most out of the program. Experience has also generously provided scholarships for an additional 55 students.”

 

Experience co-founder Olen Anderson believes the partnership ESC-20 has forged with Experience will help kids plan for their future. “Apart from college, high school is one of the biggest learning jumps these kids will be making. Our program bridges that gap by giving students a clear understanding of what it means to work in cybersecurity. That way they’ll be able to confidently take those giant next steps in their education,” says Mr. Anderson. Ms. Woods sums ESC-20’s collaboration with Experience quite fittingly; “Ultimately this is a story of community. How, on a massive scale, educators and industry experts have all come together to support a group of students to provide some connection, preparation, fun and most importantly, hope.”

 

To learn more about the Texas Cybersecurity Externship, Experience Experiential Learning, including their virtual or travel programs, visit ExperienceAmerica.com.

 

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World-Class Partnerships in STEAM Education

 

Empowering the cybersecurity experts of tomorrow to take on their futures with confidence.

Experience Educational Tours has designed Cybersecurity STEAM programs in collaboration with the Education Service Center (ESC), Region 20 in Texas to transform students’ lives by preparing them for cutting-edge careers and expand their goals in higher education.

One of the fastest growing job sectors in the U.S. is cybersecurity and Texas ranks second in the nation for cybersecurity careers. Currently, there is more than 30% estimated growth in Texas’ cybersecurity industry in the coming years with upwards of 4,000 job vacancies. Highly skilled individuals are required to fill this gap in employment, so Experience is building strategic partnerships with innovative ESCs and districts across Texas. The goal is to lay the groundwork for a state model that connects top students with industry leaders and world-class universities that specialize in cybersecurity.

The way students are prepared for successful careers in cybersecurity requires a dramatic shift towards identifying top talent and setting up career pathways in their education. Experience and ESC 20 collaborated on an innovative cybersecurity program that gives students a chance to attend top universities while in middle or high school, and work with cybersecurity companies to learn from the experts. This initiative answers the need for skilled talent among the cybersecurity industry, which is currently at zero-percent unemployment and is hiring students to fill vacancies as more cybersecurity threats are recognized every day. Providing cybersecurity programs for students before college is imperative for the industry and for students to achieve success in their personal and professional lives.

To go on an Experience Educational Tour in STEAM or one focused on Cybersecurity, visit ExperienceAmerica.com or find Experience at educational conferences, creating connections in all regions of education.

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Meet Experience at CAST!

Experience at the Region 19 Teacher Development Workshop in El Paso.

We’re excited to announce that we’ve been invited to the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) in Dallas, Texas, occurring November 21st-23rd, 2019.

For the past 8 years, Experience has refined our experiential learning programs in STEAM all over the world.

Recently, we partnered with the Education Service Centers (ESCs) in Texas to provide their students life-changing study trips, exploring STEAM in Seattle, Wash. Through groundbreaking workshops we have designed with industry leaders, including Boeing, Microsoft and Facebook, students gain unique insights to fuel their education and future careers.

Our educational tours extend to all areas of STEAM, including biology programs in Costa Rica and Florida, green building in Vancouver and computer science studies in London.

Please come check us out at Booth #1010, so we can share information about how to jump on board for our innovative STEAM programs. For more information in advance, please reach out through the contact information provided below.

We are looking forward to taking this learning journey with you!

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The Danish – American Experience Speaker Series

Date: Friday April 19th, 2019
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: 1441 Broadway 6th floor New York NY, 10018

Introduction: The Danish – American Speaker series is aimed to help visiting Danish gymnasium students explore the realities of the American experience for youth through the lens of education and industry. This speaker series brings together representatives from New York and international organizations to speak on topics ranging from the New York and U.S. education system to
how the United Nations seeks to support the global health of citizens around the world. The speakers will also help students understand how the presence of the United Nations headquarters in New York affects the city and lives of its citizens.

Speaker Topics Include:
-Discussion of NYC’s education system and the realities of the American public education system. What is working well, what needs improvement, and what are some of the new educational initiatives in New York and the U.S. that our speakers are most excited about?
-Challenges American students and families of lower socioeconomic status face in New York and the nation more broadly. How does lack of opportunity affect upward mobility and the ability to move across income levels?
-How does the United Nations affect global change? How do current and former UN diplomats find life in New York and the current situation in the United States?

Danish Teacher led Discussion Topics for students and teachers:
-Tell us about the education system in Denmark and how it’s similar and different to the system in NYC and the United States.
-How well does the Danish educational system prepare students for the real world and careers. What are the trade-offs of specializing early in a subject area?
-Does the educational system work and what are your perceptions of the systems strengths and weaknesses?
-What role does a small but influential country like Denmark play in the United Nations? How does its role as a role and longtime U.S. ally play in the United Nations. Where do their interests and values align and where do they differ? When should it support the U.S. and when should it seek its own direction?

Guest Host
Nathan Leitner, MPA
Current – Level Hospitality & LV Real Estate Holdings
Former – United Nations

Nathan is currently a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Level Hospitality and LV Real Estate Holdings based in Toronto. Nathan’s background is in Operations and Program Management. His previous experience includes working for Explore Schools, The Boeing Company, TED, and New York University. Nathan also brings international experience from roles held with The Clinton Foundation, The United Nations, and Indigo Africa along with studying in Milan and Barcelona. Nathan holds a master’s degree in International Management & Policy from NYU, a BA in Business Administration from the University Puget Sound, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Guest Speakers
John Shea
Current – CEO New York City Department of Education
John T. Shea has been the CEO of the New York City Department of Education, Division of School Facilities since August, 2008. The New York City Department of Education is the largest K-12 school district in the United States, with 1.1 million students, and a portfolio of 1350 buildings with a total of 130M square feet of managed space.

Before the DOE John spent twelve years as the Executive Director of Facilities for the Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), the largest regional school district in New York State. Prior to BOCES, he was a Technical Manager for the Aramark Corporation in their Educational Services division. John started his career in the maritime industry as an engineer, supervising ship repair and construction both domestically and internationally. He has a BS in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, from where he graduated in 1989, and is a former officer in the United States Naval Reserve.

Eric Basson, MPA
Current – NYC Department of Education
Eric Basson (Special Assistant to the Executive Director, School Facilities)- Oversees citywide initiatives and projects for the Division of School Facilities. This includes acting as the liaison between various city agencies and communicating with school based staff and community members. Eric has been with the Department of Education (DOE) since 2013 in various roles, which has allowed him to gain a unique perspective on how the DOE serves its diverse communities. He has a master’s in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University, which was received in 2011.

Kiran Chadalawada, MPA
Current – Deloitte
Former – United Nations
Kiran is currently a Senior Consultant at Deloitte’s New York practice with previous consulting roles at PwC, IBM, and DataGlance. He previously worked at the NYC Economic Development Corporation as Assistance Vice President. As a graduate student at NYU he worked with the United Nations and European Commission and also was a Research Assistant at the NYU Gov Lab. Kiran’s background is in risk assurance, information technology, social and technological mobilization, and economic development both in the public and private sector. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Wagner School at NYU, a MS in Information Systems and Services from George Mason University, and a Bachelor’s of Technology from Acharya Nagarjuna University.

Danish Education Representative
Gitte Cannon
Current – International Director
Tradium Business College – Randers, Denmark

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San Francisco (UESF) Teacher Development Conference

Experience America is proud to be the only student travel organization to take part in the United Educators for San Francisco (UESF) Teacher Development Conference held on April 6, 2019.

Experience America’s co-founder, Olen Anderson, and UESF Representative Van Cedric Williams, collaborated to provide conference attendees the opportunity to participate in workshops showcasing the impact experiential learning has on students’ lives, and how to encourage more educators to bring these types of learning opportunities to their schools.

 

 

Underlying Problems Facing Teachers
• How can educators faced with limited resources create learning opportunities that combine with classroom learning to inspire student learning and growth?
• How can educators take the next step to create impactful experiential learning opportunities while also ensuring student safety and security?
• How can schools prepare students with learning that engages and challenges students on an individual level?

 

Experiential Learning Workshop Description:
Experiential learning is a proven method for enhancing student engagement and skills development. Providing a bridge between theory and practice, experiential learning helps students to hone important critical thinking and problem solving skills as they learn by doing. Experience America is an international education provider that has spearheaded the application of experiential learning for study tours and summer programs for secondary school students. In this presentation, Experience America’s co-founder, Olen Anderson, uses examples from the company’s student STEAM programs in Los Angeles at the USC campus and in Seattle at the UW campus in partnership with Microsoft and Boeing to demonstrate how experiential learning can be successfully implemented across a variety of subjects and learning contexts to promote student learning and engagement.

 

Group Project Workshop
In keeping with the experiential learning approach, attending educators were organized into teams for a project-based activity. With guidance from Experience America team members, teachers learned to conceptualize and formulate an experiential learning experience, leaving the session with a concept outline and sample lesson plan to implement in their classrooms.