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April 8, 2016
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Announcing the Tech Nite 16 Nominees
Virginia Recognized as TechHire State
LaunchPad Classes (April 5 - May 24)
SVTC's April Bits & Grits (3/15)
Grow Waynesboro Announces 2016 Business Competition...$20,000 in Grants for Waynesboro Entrepreneurs.
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Sixteen Local Nominees Compete for Seven Awards

JMU Center for Entrepreneurship & JMU College of Business'
HIGH TECH ENTREPRENEUR
Recipient has successfully organized, developed, or managed a technology concept into a commercial product or service.
  • Darren W. Smith, Traipse
  • Sven Brueckner, AXON AI
  • Will Strickland, BrilliantBlaze, Coda Global
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC's
HIGH TECH COMPANY
Honors the company whose growth, accomplishments, or prospects represent a significant technological contribution to the Valley.
  • DASCOM Americas 
  • giv2giv 
Shentel's
DR. NOFTSINGER LEADERSHIP 
Recipient's leadership has served as a catalyst for positive technology-related activity.
  • Dr. Ken Rutherford, JMU CISR
Cadence's
INNOVATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION 
Honors innovative use and/or development of technology in higher education and training.
  • Dr. Tom Richardson, University of Virginia
  • Nick Swayne, 4-Virginia
  • Drs. Heydari, Tjaden, and Wang, JMU
Virginia Robotics'
INNOVATION IN K-12 EDUCATION 
Honors innovative use and/or development of technology in K-12 education and training.
  • Stephanie Failes, Rockingham County Public Schools
  • JMU ISTE Standards for Teachers Certification Program
  • Dr. Michael Ormsmith, Brenda Lovekamp, Staunton City Schools
  • John Woods, North Fork MS, Shenandoah County Public Schools
Center for Innovative Technology's
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION
Honors innovative use of technology in more traditional industries, such as agriculture or manufacturing.
  • Rockingham Group
  • Shenandoah Growers
JMU College of Integrated Science and Engineering's
GREEN AWARD
Honors an area technology company, university, Individual or organization, who is making an impact on our region through top-notch green practices.
  • Dairy Queen

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia is one of the newest members of the TechHire initiative, a White House program that aims to meet national employer demands by partnering with states and localities to create sustainable pathways to the workforce, specifically for under-served populations.

Through its participation in TechHire, the Commonwealth committed to filling an estimated 74,000 computer-related jobs over the next eight years. To meet this demand, work is underway to connect with more than 25,000 businesses to help place 10,600 Virginia TechHire graduates in technology jobs by 2020. Virginia also set a goal to partner with 20 additional businesses to hire TechHire program graduates by next year.


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LaunchPad Classes | Enrollment Open to *Anyone*
April 5 - May 24, StemX Lab at JMU Lakeview Hall, Harrisonburg



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SVTC's Bits and Grits
April 19, 8-9am; Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA

Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 

 

This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman.  

 

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Member News: 
Cadence, Inc. Celebrates 20-Year Partnership with Blue Ridge Community College


Staunton, Va.  (April 4, 2015) - There is a long history between Cadence and Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) located in Weyers Cave, Va.  This year marks the 20th anniversary that Cadence began its endowment with the school, helping to provide technologies for the Technical Studies/Manufacturing Engineering program that includes Mechatronics.  
 
"It's important to have partners in the community like Cadence who recognize the value that we're providing," stated Amy Kiger, Executive Director of BRCC's Educational Foundation.
   
The relationship between Cadence and BRCC goes both ways and is much deeper than just the lifetime endowment.  Not only does Cadence provide funding to the school but also some of our best employees are graduates or current students of the Mechatronics program.  "I feel as though I've succeeded when students can draw back on the core building blocks learned here at Blue Ridge Community College and apply those skills to their careers," said Director of BRCC's Technology Intensive Manufacturing Service Center, Matt Goss.
 
"Since the company's inception, Cadence has carried a strong belief in investing in our local communities.  Blue Ridge Community College has been one of those investments that has repaid us many times over," stated Cadence's Chief Financial Officer, Ken Cleveland.  "Not only has Blue Ridge been a great source for new employees but as our company has grown, many of our current employees utilize Blue Ridge to continue their education and improve their skills in order to grow with the company."
 
Cadence also collaborates with the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge (CFCBR) to support "Student Focus. Community Impact. The Campaign for Blue Ridge Community College."  This partnership focuses on helping fund various technologies and curriculum materials, BRCC's Career Coach program that places educational and career advisors into 12 local high schools, and the Workforce and Economic Development program that strives to educate the community and bring awareness to the school's various degrees and certification offerings.
 
For information on Cadence's community giving program, grant applications and partnership with CFCBR, please visit www.cadenceinc.com/about-us/community.
 
To learn more about BRCC, visit their website at www.brcc.edu.
 
About Cadence, Inc. - Cadence is a single source contract manufacturing partner.  Cadence develops new products that others cannot, builds processes that others will not, and delivers outcomes that simply make the world work better. Together with our customers, employees and shareholders, we provide advanced products using science and sound engineering to make an impact that matters. Cadence employs more than 500 people worldwide with locations including:
  • Advanced manufacturing in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Wisconsin
  • Product Realization CenterTM in Pennsylvania
  • Nearshore operations in the Dominican Republic
 
For more information on Cadence, please visit our website at cadenceinc.com.     

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Member News: Cadence, Inc. Expands Cleanroom Capabilities
 
PLYMOUTH, Mass.  (April 6, 2015) - Cadence announced today plans to enhance cleanroom capabilities in its Plymouth, Mass., and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic facilities to expand support for medical device and life science customers. Plans include:
 
·         The addition of a Class 8 cleanroom in Plymouth, Mass.
·         The expansion of the existing Class 8 cleanroom in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
 
"We bought our first injection molding machine in 1965.  Since that time, we have focused on 'mission critical' plastic products, including parts that helped enable man to walk on the moon in 1969," said Jeff Kelly, Vice President & General Manager.  "We are excited to expand this legacy to better support medical applications."
 
Cleanroom injection molding using engineered resins will be available on presses ranging from 17 tons to 165 tons in size.  The expansion efforts, with expected completion in early May, also creates dedicated space for cleanroom assembly and automation. 
 
"Our commitment to 'mission critical' plastic products for medical devices is driving our current expansion efforts.  This investment is the direct result of the talent, hard work, and commitment of our employees making us a better company every day," stated Omar Ferretti, Vice President of Manufacturing for the Mass., and Dominican Republic facilities.
 
For more information, visit us in booth #302 at BIOMEDevice Boston on April 13-14, 2016 or visit our website at www.cadenceinc.com/plastics.
 
About Cadence, Inc. - Cadence is a single source contract manufacturing partner.  Cadence develops new products that others cannot, builds processes that others will not, and delivers outcomes that simply make the world work better. Together with our customers, employees and shareholders, we provide advanced products using science and sound engineering to make an impact that matters. Cadence employs more than 500 people worldwide with locations including:
 
·         Advanced manufacturing in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Wisconsin
·         Product Realization CenterTM in Pennsylvania
·         Nearshore operations in the Dominican Republic

For more information on Cadence, please visit our website at cadenceinc.com.     

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Highlighting Renewing Individual Member
Delegate Steve Landes

Delegate Steve Landes represents the 25th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, which includes parts of Albemarle, Augusta, and Rockingham Counties. Steve was first elected in 1995 and is now serving his eleventh term. He serves as Chairman of the House Education Committee and is Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He is a member of the Rules and Privileges and Elections Committees.

Website: http://www.stevelandes.com/

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