GLENDALE, WI – (January 14, 2019) – River Run, a managed IT service provider, will host its third “Be the Spark” program for 7th grade students from Morse Middle School for the Gifted and Talented on February 26thth, 2019 at their company headquarters in Glendale.  The goal is to expose students to attainable educational paths and positions within the IT field.  #COSBEspark

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Student participants will be split into three groups, and rotated through sales, technology and other departments throughout the company.  “The kids will learn about different educational and professional paths they can take in the IT field,” says Stephanie Menge, Human Resources Officer.  “We host 7th grade students from a different MPS school each year,” she adds.  A lot of public schools don’t have the funding or exposure to technology, other than a Chrome book or cell phone.  “Once the kids connect to a network, and learn how big it is, they see the numerous opportunities and areas they can get into.  We often take them into our tech bay and teach them how to rebuild a computer.  If we can spark even just one kid’s interest, that is wonderful,” states Menge. 

A lot of kids want to get into IT and learn the professional route is staying in school and working hard.  They learn how much money they can make and what they need to do educationally to get there.  Most only need a two-year technical college to start.  They don’t need a master’s degree to be a tech. 

Part of River Run’s reason for being is to help the community achieve meaningful results.  This program is a community advantage and it gets kids interested in IT.  Kids are encouraged to come back and intern or apply for jobs at River Run.  River Run has participated in the “Be the Spark” program three years in a row and they participate in a community event every quarter. 

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About MMAC’S “Be the Spark” Program

How can we connect with the next generation to help fill the Milwaukee region's talent pipeline?  Bring together local businesses and students to spark an interest in a potential career.  MMAC’s Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) has partnered with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to host behind-the-scenes tours for 7th graders - exposing them to potential local jobs and careers. #COSBEspark

Businesses open their doors to 25-35 students and their teachers to give them insights into what the business does, the types of jobs available in the company and the skills needed to do those jobs.


About River Run

Experience IT at its Best!

RIVER RUN is an extraordinary Managed IT service provider with two key differentiators:

  • The Fource Support Process (Discovery, Management, Monitoring and Maintenance), and
  • Team Model (Dedicated service teams that help you reach for the stars)

River Run supports a wide variety of clientele in Wisconsin, including Manufacturers, Financial Institutions, Law firms, School Districts and Private Schools, Government, Healthcare, Non-profits and Auto Dealerships.  Founded in 1993, River Run’s mission is to “keep you up and running.”  Their organization is built on the core values of Focused on Clients, Innovative, Positive, Precise, Engaged & Communicative, Responsible and Driven.  For more information, contact River Run at 414-228-7474, www.river-run.com or email them at info@river-run.com.