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Tech Tour to Focus on Technology Pioneers for the Next Generation

400 Middle and High School Students to Spend the Day at High Tech Companies in the RegionTech Tour 2012

Thursday, October 18, marks the launching of 2012 Tech Tour, a local event to introduce over 400 area middle and high school students to the dynamic high technology world that exists in the Charlottesville/Albemarle County metro region.
Organized by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC), this day-long technology tour is aimed at exposing students to the challenging and diverse career possibilities offered by our regional technology community. It is designed to help them envision themselves as technology employees, professionals and entrepreneurs in the next wave of tech advancements in our area.

Students representing 21 regional schools will spend the day traveling to more than 70 selected companies for a hands-on visit to meet employees and experience the use of technology in unique and specialized operations. Students will travel in groups of 15, and be assigned to one of 28 unique and exciting tour schedules. Arrangements can be made for media to follow a tour for the day or join one in progress.

Following the tour this year all participating students will be eligible to apply for two $2,500 scholarships for the purpose of continuing education.  The Tech Tour Scholarship Program continues CBIC’s ongoing commitment to growing the future technology-based workforce.

CBIC is the preeminent private-sector advocate and catalyst for entrepreneurship and innovation-based economic development in our region. For more than 15 years, CBIC and its predecessor name, the Virginia Piedmont Technology Council (VPTC), has been fostering an ecosystem for innovation in order to expand the strength and vitality of our local economy and culture.  As the voice of the entrepreneurial and high-tech sectors in our region, CBIC collectively supports entrepreneurs and tech-based businesses by providing networking, visibility, promotion, education and advocacy opportunities.  These activities expose entrepreneurs, innovators, and researchers to other like-minded individuals and provide opportunities to meet and learn from one another. For more information, visit on the web. 

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