The Ely Chapman Education Foundation. Located in Marietta, Ohio, is announcing the start of a new initiative tied to the Middle School afterschool program. The Entrepreneurship and Computer Coding Program is aimed at developing computer coding skills and entrepreneurial mindset of area middle school-aged youth, and was developed in partnership with the Department of Computer Science and the Entrepreneurship Program at Marietta College.

According to Alice Chapman, Founder and Chair of Ely Chapman, the program is designed to prepare students to develop work and life skills that will prepare them for tomorrow’s job market. “We will try to give the students flexible skills that will prepare them for jobs that don’t exist today and we can’t even dream about. These classes will give the students a way of thinking that will help them adapt to the great changes that they will see in their lifetime”.

Jackie Khorassani, Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Marietta College, likes the idea of engaging students at a young age”. We are excited to be a part of this project. It will be interesting to watch the students discover new ideas and make plans based on what they learn over the coming months. These students will be able to interact with adult entrepreneurs from the mid-Ohio Valley and participate in quarterly PioPitch meetings at Marietta College, where new ideas are discussed. This is a wonderful opportunity for students”.

The Computer Coding and Entrepreneurship program is offered every Wednesday , Thursday and Friday from 4:00-5:00 pm. For more information on the Middle School Program and how to join, call 740-376-9533 or email Gary Williams at

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