Home » Departments and Divisions » Innovation & Technology » South Bend Technology Resource Center (TRC) South Bend Technology Resource Center (TRC) About The Technology Resource Center (TRC) in South Bend’s Ignition Park was built to democratize technology in our region. All will be welcome to the TRC to learn about technology and data, gain skills, and co-build an inclusive tech future for South Bend. A co-location between South Bend Code School, the City’s Civic Innovation & Analytics Divisions, and Bloomberg-funded Commuters Trust, the space will be home to technology and data training, cross-sector “Beta City” collaborations, and public programming about regional innovation. The TRC was made possible through support from the City of South Bend and the Lilly Endowment. The City of South Bend has partnered with local nonprofit enFocus to manage programming at the TRC. Winter of Learning 2022 This winter, the TRC will offer a number of programs and events in collaboration with St. Joe County Public Library and Bendable, for its “Winter of Learning”. All are welcome to attend these series of learning opportunities. Please direct questions about the Winter of Learning to firstname.lastname@example.org. For a comprehensive list of St. Joe County Public Library’s Winter of Learning Events, visit their website here! Nonprofit Lunch and Learn 4/14/2022, 11:30am-1:00pm at the TRC Please sign up for February’s nonprofit lunch and learn, Data Visualization: Storytelling and Communicating Impact with Data, the third in our series Becoming a Data-Driven Nonprofit by RSVPing here. Please reserve a ticket for each individual attending! A free lunch will be provided for in-person attendees. Join us at the Technology Resource Center (TRC) as we partner with enFocus to host a resource event for our nonprofit partners! Learn strategies and data-driven techniques as we highlight case studies for organizations and subsequently provide assistance for nonprofit partners in the topic of the month. Join us if you want to learn: Why is data visualization important and how can a nonprofit use it to communicate impact? How does my team use basic data visualization techniques in MS Excel and Canva? What types of charts work best for various types of data? How can my team best track and visualize the impact of my organization using charts? Learning Circles Learning circles start the week of 1/17/2022 and run for 6-8 weeks, depending on the course Those interested in joining a learning circle in January and February of 2022 should sign up here or at any of SJCPL’s branches. Signups will close on January 10th, 2022. Residents who wish to join a group of other learners in one of three areas: exploring basic computer skills, developing a small business plan, or making your own website can participate in a learning circle. Learning circles are intended to allow a group to learn from an online course, together, with the presence of a knowledgeable facilitator. Self Made, Self Taught Speaker Series 1/25/2022, 12pm at the TRC | Reserve your free ticket for January’s Speaker Event, A Conversation with Joseph Luten, now! 2/23/2022, 11:30am at the TRC | Please hold this date and time for February’s speaker! The TRC will host its first in a series of monthly speakers, each of whom have exhibited a unique professional pathway in the business, creative, or technology fields. “Self-Made, Self-Taught” will highlight individuals who have independently pursued lifelong learning and entrepreneurship. Lex Dennis, Director of Lifelong Learning at the Drucker Institute, will facilitate a discussion about Joseph’s personal and professional journey that led to founding Importin’ Joe’s, which aims to connect communities globally and offer tasty coffee roasts at the same time! SB Academy Intro course: 1/19/2022, 9:00am-12pm at the TRC Intermediate course: 2/3/2022 OR 2/8/2022 9:00am-12pm at the TRC Advanced course: 3/3/2022 OR 3/8/2022, 9:00am-12pm at the TRC SB Academy will offer several courses on Excel, open to the public. Our Intro course in January will explore understanding the structure of an Excel document, modifying spreadsheets, filtering and adding data, and more. Our Intermediate course in February will explore creating functions, manipulating pivot tables, and more. Finally, our Advanced course will cover advanced formulas and data cleaning, amongst other concepts. Each level’s course will be offered twice a month. Please sign up for our Intermediate Excel course now. Signups for Advanced Excel to be available soon. Open Work Wednesdays RSVP for January’s Open Work Wednesday (1/26/2022, 8am-5pm) and February’s Open Work Wednesday (2/23/2022, 8am-5pm) now! The TRC will be bringing back its popular “Open Work Wednesdays” for the months of January, February, and March on the fourth Wednesday of each month. In this unique opportunity, the TRC will open its community space as a co-working space for individuals and organizations alike. The Department of Innovation and Technology invites project teams from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in the region to work out of the TRC for a day. Open Work Wednesday is about bringing creative problem solvers together in one place for support, collaboration, and cross-pollination. South Bend Tech Mentorship Program Applications rolling. Sign up to be a mentor here, and sign up to be a mentee here. Kickoff Social on 2/25/2022, at 5:00pm at the TRC The Department of Innovation and Technology’s Tech Mentorship Program is designed to help retain and grow South Bend’s tech talent pool. The program will match local tech mentors with local high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in technology, offering mentees an opportunity to explore South Bend’s tech scene and seek career guidance from a professional. Matches will be made according to tech area of interest (see application). Enrolled and prospective mentors and mentees are encouraged to attend our South Bend Tech Mentorship Social. This event will be held at the TRC on February 25th, 2022, and provide a space for program participants to socialize, define mentorship goals, and talk all things tech! Learn with Bendable: How to Brand Your Business 1/12/2022, 6:00-7:00pm at Studio 304 This event is hosted by Bendable at Studio 304 within Saint Joe County Public Library’s Main Branch. Learn from Bendable Collection Author Ben Bulgrien how to brand your small business, then check out all the small business marketing support tools Studio 304 has to offer! Please visit SJCPL’s website to register. TRC Funders Lilly Endowment City of South Bend TRC Tenants South Bend Code School Commuters Trust (Bloomberg Mayors Challenge) City of South Bend TRC Program Partners enFocus South Bend Code School Raymond Kate Training (RKT) Bendable Get Involved If you’re interested in partnering with the TRC or getting regular news and updates, please fill out this form: Collaborate with Us Use the Space If you want to host a retreat, meeting, or workshop at the TRC, please fill out this form to book space: Book Space Follow Us on Social Media Follow us on social media to hear about learning opportunities, events, and programming at the TRC. Follow Us on Social Media VIEW ALL NEWS email@example.com 1165 Franklin St.