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Richmond IT Consultancy Raises More Funds for Education
Solvaria 2nd Annual Event Raises More Funds for CodeVA and Virginia Schools
Richmond, VA, November 12, 2018 - Solvaria, Richmond’s only IT consultancy focused exclusively on database services and strategic IT leadership, was joined by peers and its fellow members of Richmond’s technology community to give back once again to the future of the industry. It hosted a charity “Casino Night” to raise funds for education, with proceeds going to nonprofit CodeVA. The event was again held at Richmond’s Hippodrome.
Over two dozen businesses collaborated for a fun-filled evening of drinks, food, casino games, and more at “Betting Big on Tech, and Solvaria was able to make a $22,635 donation to CodeVA, surpassing last year’s $20,000 gift. CodeVA is a nonprofit organization that, through advocacy, teacher training, and direct student programs, partners with schools, parents, and communities to bring equitable computer science education to all of Virginia's students.
Using their donation, CodeVA will be able to train a cohort of teachers for the K5 Computer Science Coach Program. These teachers will then be able to train other educators. They also offer summer scholarships for up to 200 elementary students, over half of which have gone to girls. CodeVA also put “Virginia is for Computer Science Lovers” materials and literature in every classroom in the Commonwealth, and will continue this marketing program.
More than 20 Richmond-based companies have joined Solvaria in its effort to again give back to the future of the industry. The event brought together Richmond City Council members and delegates, CEOs, CodeVA board members, other notable policy influencers and friends of CodeVA.
For event info and full list of sponsors visit: http://info.solvaria.com/betting-big-on-tech-2018
“Last year, we decided to celebrate 20 years in business with an ambitious goal of raising $20,000 for CodeVA. We recognize that identifying emerging talent is crucial to maintaining our growth as both a business and a technology community,” said Greg Samuels, CEO at Solvaria. “To have so many of our peers and partners join us was truly humbling, and to once again exceed our expectations was remarkable. We’ve seen the immediate impact CodeVA has had on computer education – not only in Richmond, but across the Commonwealth – and we’re anxious to keep that momentum building.”
“Virginia has over 36,000 unfilled tech and computer science jobs with a starting salary of $88,000,” said Chris Dovi, Executive Director at CodeVA. “Computer science education for all of Virginia’s students is a must if we are to remain the Digital Dominion, and we are grateful to Solvaria and the support they have garnered to help us maintain our title.”
Solvaria is a boutique IT consulting firm leveraging technology experts to support the two most important pieces of a business – its data and its people. Now in its 20th year of business, Solvaria is comprised of the region’s top talent in IT, including exclusively-senior level database experts and former Chief Information and Technology Officers, all of whom are laser focused on providing customers with IT solutions geared to drive business forward.
CodeVA is a 501c3 nonprofit that advocates for computer science K-12 education. It also provides free teacher professional development and curricular support to all state school divisions, and delivers direct student programming through arts and music-integrated computer science summer camps. Through a partnership with Virginia Tourism Commission, CodeVA also administers the "Virginia is for Computer Science Lovers" public awareness campaign. To date, CodeVA has impacted more than 21,000 high school students through year-long course instruction by the computer science teachers that it has trained. Its elementary teacher training has impacted more than 100,000 students. In 2016, CodeVA wrote and advocated for Virginia's passage of the nation's first Computer Science for All legislation that mandates Computer Science and Computational thinking, to include coding, as a core subject for all Virginia students from Kindergarten through 12th grade.