Information Technology Empowerment Center Welcomes New Staff, Board Member

November 20, 2013

Just as the Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) is helping to grow minds in greater Lansing, it’s growing its team.

ITEC has welcomed Amanda Levengood and Joe Hertler as Educational Program Coordinators and Mitchell Brown, PNC Bank Associate Relationship Manager, as a member of the board of directors. A science, technology, engineering and mathematics-­- (STEM) focused non-­-profit, ITEC’s mission is to provide area children and adults with the necessary skills to better prepare for careers in IT and to spark excitement about STEM.

Levengood previously served as GED & Family School Partnership coordinator at the Capital Area Literacy Coalition where she ran an academic enrichment program in public housing communities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University. Her responsibilities at ITEC focus on the iMath program and the Everyday Digital Adult classes.

“I’ve seen how hard it is for individuals to catch up -­- so many GED students drop out after falling behind,” says Levengood. “What’s so great about iMath is that it gets kids excited about math at an early age, empowering them for success down the road.”

Hertler comes to ITEC from Central Michigan University (CMU) with a degree in elementary education. At CMU, he worked as an information technology assistant administrator and help desk representative to provide computer support to students. Hertler is responsible for coordinating ITEC’s K-­-12 programming.

“As the glue between our instructors, students and partners, I’m looking forward to ensuring everyone has the resources necessary to see that our courses are effective, our partners are engaged and our students are successful,” says Hertler.

Brown joins the ITEC board after serving as Associate Relationship Manager at PNC Bank for the last two years, recently returning to Lansing from PNC in St. Louis, MO where he served as Corporate Bank Senior Associate.

“I’m pleased to serve as an ITEC board member; I believe in the organization’s ability to get Lansing area children to become interested in STEM,” says Brown. “I believe there will be a high return in the effort to help the Lansing area work force compete in the global economy.”

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