Mission: To provide leadership, information, and resources to educate, attract, and influence technology in carroll county, maryland through educational seminars and annual events featuring informational speakers having expertise in a variety of technology topics. Seminars and events are open to the public. The organization's website features technology resources available in carroll county, maryland.
Programs: Community involvement - members have written monthly technology related articles that are published in the technology section of the local newspaper. In partnership with the community college and local workfore development office, the organization has offered reduced rate membership to those individuals with a technology interest- the organization provided financial support to local 4h robotics programs. Members of the organization also donated time to support high school robotics and have acted as judges in local and regional robotics competitions. Members have also participated in numerous community events and forums where they have been the 'technologist' (experts) in regards to various topics, members serve on advisory boards for tech incubators in the community as well as in the region. The ctc hosts college interns annually so that they are able to get real world tech experience.
techkids/techworks - program provided complete computer systems, including microsoft office software, 1-year access of internet to disadvantaged area students, displaced workers seeking employment, and local not-for-profit organizations. Members have refurbished and donated over 1200 computer systems to qualified families, workers, and other not-for-profit organizations since the program's inception.
I've been a member of CTC since 1999 and in that time, I've seen it grow and help businesses and people in Carroll County. We have produced a local access television series about technology issues in the county important to people, helped municipalities identify needs and goals, donated over 500 refurbished computers to needy families and non profit organizations in Carroll County, and offered educational seminars to the public on all aspects of technology from network security to using social media to promote your business. We trying to help promote all aspects of technology in the county as well as attract businesses. The people who make up CTC are interesting and friendly and really want to make a difference in their community. I've enjoyed my time and want to continue to help this organization grow. I never expected it to so well when we became independent of the Chamber of Commerce in 2005.