Hyland makes first charitable grants through new Hyland Fund
TECH CORPS, Cleveland State University receive grants for STEM-related curricula
Hyland will issue the first two grants from its new Hyland Fund in support of STEM-related education at TECH CORPS and Cleveland State University.
The corporate-advised Hyland Fund is a new structure for Hyland’s long-standing corporate giving efforts, and amplifies Hyland’s philanthropic impact by allowing contributions from the community, Hylanders’ friends and families, stakeholders, and other interested parties. The fund’s first two grants are focused on enhancing tech education efforts across Ohio.
“The formation of the Hyland Fund will enhance our long-held mission of building and inspiring careers in technology,” said Lisa Jackman, Hyland’s director of corporate social responsibility. “Making the fund’s first two grants to TECH CORPS and Cleveland State is fitting, as each has been committed to the same mission and done phenomenal work in driving interest in technology education and careers.”
Hyland and TECH CORPS, a Columbus-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring students have access to computer science programs, will continue to partner to explore the intersection between computer science and sports through the development of new curricula and expanding TECH CORPS’ Techie Camp and Techie Club programs.
Most recently, Hyland partnered in December with TECH CORPS on CSEdWeek, an annual event designed to inspire students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers and partners within the field. Hyland incentivized teacher and classroom participation in the event with funding for computer science materials for winning teachers’ classrooms.
“Our long partnership with Hyland has provided education opportunities to hundreds of students and empowered their educators with the resources they need to continue those education efforts,” said Lisa Chambers, TECH CORPS’ national executive director. “We’re proud to extend that partnership further with this new grant and jointly move forward to provide more students with similar educational programs.”
Another Hyland Fund grant will provide additional funding for the Hyland STEM Program at Cleveland State University’s Fenn Academy; the math prep program encourages students to pursue higher education in engineering and computer science by bridging the education gap in math between high school and college.
“This grant from Hyland and our ongoing joint educational efforts will play a vital role in exposing more students to the opportunities in the engineering and computer science fields and continue to build a talent pipeline in the region,” said Brian Davis, Cleveland State’s associate dean in the Washkewicz College of Engineering.
Hyland has partnered with the Cleveland Foundation, founded in 1914 as the world’s first community foundation, to provide strategic and administrative assistance for the Hyland Fund. Hyland’s partnership with Cleveland Foundation deepens ties between the two prominent organizations, as in July Hyland announced it was extending its tech outreach efforts in the new Midtown Collaboration Center, part of a 12-acre innovation district spearheaded by the foundation.
Nonprofits whose missions align with Hyland’s to build and inspire careers in technology can submit applications now through Oct. 28, by visiting hyland.com/hylandfund.
The grants extend Hyland’s long-standing efforts to provide access to technology programming and education for students who might otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in such events. Additional Hyland technology education efforts include:
- Tech Outreach: Hyland provides a variety of programs, like Hy-Tech Clubs for high school students, that teach computer science to support a future where technology skills are essential.
- Women in Cybersecurity sponsorship: Hyland covered the cost of transportation for over 100 Cleveland Metropolitan School District students to attend March’s Women in Cybersecurity conference at Cleveland State; the conference is the country’s flagship event for women in cybersecurity and, regardless of gender, is the largest cybersecurity conference with equal representation of professionals and students.
- Hackathons: Hybrid Hyland Hackathons are open to high school and college students from the Cleveland area and nationwide; the next Hackathon is set for Jan. 6-8, 2023.
- St. Martin de Porres High School: 10-year partnership with St. Martin de Porres High School in Cleveland on the school’s work-study program; Hyland recently expanded its presence at St. Martin, providing weekly professional training to students in OnBase, Hyland’s content services platform.
- Y.O.U.: Longtime partnership with Youth Opportunities Unlimited, through which Hyland has supported internship programs – 10 students are interning at Hyland in summer 2022. Hyland has hosted virtual career panels featuring representatives from many technical roles (cybersecurity, software development and more), and Hyland employees also have served as instructors and mentors for sophomores and juniors in Cuyahoga County.
- Weekly coding pilot program at Cleveland’s Urban Community School