The Computing Center is a P-Tech Business Partner


The Computing Center is participating as a business parter in the newest P-Tech partnership. P-TECH Round 4 Winning Partnerships Will Help Students Earn Associate’s Degrees and Prepare For High Skill Jobs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in late May 2018 announced six winners in the fourth round of the New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) partnership awards. These newly awarded public-private educational partnerships add to the growing number of New York high school students currently preparing for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and healthcare-related fields. Students will earn an associate degree at no cost to their families and will be first in line for jobs with participating companies when they graduate.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

“This nation-leading program is transforming our education system by providing students the tools and experience they need to succeed in the competitive global workforce,” Governor Cuomo said. “These P-TECH awards are enabling New York’s young, bright minds to develop and grow, and I am proud to support these innovative partnerships as they prepare the next generation of leaders for the opportunities of the future.”

“I have visited students who are benefitting from the P-TECH program all over the State, and I have seen firsthand how it changes their view of their own potential,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “As New York’s economy continues to grow, the number one concern I hear from employers is the need for more skilled workers. With this latest round of P-TECH Awards, New York is investing in our workforce by preparing high school students for jobs of the future in technology and manufacturing. Providing our students with the resources they need to succeed in the job market is a smart strategy for continued economic progress.”


Street Cred Resume

Our friend Zach Shulman is a partner next door to The Computing Center at Cayuga Venture Fund.  He's also the director of Entrepreneurship@Cornell.  Zach publishes a regular blog that can be read and subscribed to at  This post caught our eye because we have been hiring and have recently read A LOT of resumes.  

I like creative resumes.  Videos are actually a wonderful way to get positive attention.  We have looked at a company or 2 in the student “transfolio” space (where a student has a dynamic transcript that contains video of projects, oral feedback from teachers, etc.).  We have not invested in this space primarily because it is very unclear if there is a willing paying customer (besides parents who can afford it) and a willing user (like the admissions office of a school or college).


Ithaca VC - The Grind!

(Editors note: Ocassionally, we feature the Blogs and writings of local authors, Computing Center clients and others.)

Zach Shulman (the one who plays soccer) is a partner at Cayuga Venture Fund, teaches at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell, and is also the Director of Entrepreneurship@Cornell.  He maintains a Blog called Ithaca VC in which he writes about business, the local world of venture capital, and startups.  Here is a Blog entry that warms the heart of anyone who owns their own business, runs an organization, or dreams about doing so!

The Grind!

The other day I was guest lecturing in a class and described running a startup to be like swimming in a Shawshank River.  There is a constant flow of problems building a company, but at the end might be salvation!


Public Speaking -- Tips to Cure Fear

For many individuals, there's nothing more terrifying as the thought of having to get in front of a crowd to deliver a speech. But as people are thinking more of going into business for themselves, they are finding that may not be able to avoid it-especially if they're going to have to speak to an audience about their business, products, or their services.

Being a little nervous is natural. It's a sign that you want to do well, but being overly nervous might pose a challenge. With a some training you can learn to overcome your anxieties or fears and make good informative speeches. Here are five tips on how to gain confidence in public speaking.

(1) You would want to wear a favorite outfit that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Choose professional clothing for the day of your speech. Your outfit should not be too casual or too flashy. You always want your attire to complement your speech.

(2) Good eye contact with you audience is very powerful in public speaking. Try at first to include everyone in the audience equally when you look out over the crowd. Then select a couple of faces you wouldn't mind speaking directly to throughout most of your delivery. Good eye contact increases your credibility as a speaker.

(3) Speak clearly. A good speaking voice is important for delivering an effective talk. You naturally want your voice to be pleasant, natural, and dynamic. Remember to speak directly into the micro-phone. If you don't have a microphone, then pay close attention to the volume of your voice in order for everyone in the room to hear you. Don't talk to fast! Use pauses when appropriate for effect, laughter, or applause.

(4) Turn your fears into positive energy. This is no doubt the biggest challenges of public speaking is the fear you may have that something awful or publicly humiliating is going to happen to you. Just try concentrating on channeling your nervous energy into an enthusiastic delivery simply because you have something valuable to say. So just be conversational. A good conversational style will aid you to be relaxed as a public speaker.

(5) Practice! Experience builds confidence, which is the key to an effective delivery. Every speaking opportunity will help you become more relaxed and confident. You can start small and work your way up to bigger audiences and events. In time you will begin to develop trust in your own ability to be a true public speaker.

Many books have been written for over a century now on the art of public speaking. Here is an eBook that will helpin you learn how to speak to an audience with confidence, but also how to present an effective presentation with visual aids, in the eBook entitled "Public Speaking and Public Presentations."

For more information on this unique 40 page eBook, just visit

Computer Service Technician Opening

The Computing Center has an opening for a fulltime computer service technician.  Click on the folllowing link for more information:

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