STEAM Train partners with other organizations to fulfill its mission
Tim Laubacher is CEO and owner of
Sound Web Solutions, LLC, providing strategy and development services to startup web and mobile-based companies and to organizations that serve entrepreneurs. After selling his first company in 2010, Tim started Sound Web to focus specifically on serving web and mobile-based companies. Launch EZ, a service of Sound Web, is a platform Tim started that connects entrepreneurs with key resources in their community. Tim mentors aspiring tech entrepreneurs and is an active member of the Connecticut entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Tim was co-leader of the Fast Track Academy pilot along with Donna Hylton.
Ramona Hylton is owner of Hylton Design, a graphic design business that seeks to reach the world with the Word through design. Hylton Design specializes in serving churches, ministries, and non-profit organizations with services that include: web design, print and media production, logos, sound, and animation. Ramona has a Master’s degree in Digital Media from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Information Systems from Central Connecticut State University.
Ramona served as the Fast Track Academy’s tutor and design consultant.
Randi McCray is the Founder of, CT Urban Technology Collaborative; she is also an adjunct professor at Post University and Gateway Community College. Randi has worked in the field of IT for 15 years, now she continues to inspire young people in the field of technology through her STEM community programs. She is currently pursuing an advanced degree in Public Policy and Social Change.
Randi partnered with the STEAM Train in offering a Mobile Application Development Programming Camp for teens.
Microsoft has partnered with STEAM Train for its special Skills for Employability program. Out of 1,300 nonprofit organizations, STEAM Train Inc, was one of 50 organizations chosen to accelerate job training and digital skills in the black and African American community.
Middlesex Community College
Middlesex Community College was the host site for the Mobile Application Development Programming Camp and the Fast Track Academy. The college has partnered with STEAM Train to deliver programs to students of the Meriden Public School District under the GEAR UP grant.
Wesleyan University's Non-Profit Board Residency Course has offered STEAM Train students to serve on our Board of Directors. Wesleyan was also the host site for STEAM Train’s Fast Track Academy.
STEAM BOUND is a collaboration between STEAM Train and UPWARD BOUND MATH SCIENCE (UBMS) of Wesleyan University. The goal to enrich the existing offering to the UBMS participants by providing specific exposure to the disciplines of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, digital Arts, and Math).
Hallam - ICS
Hallam-ICS, an engineering,
control system integration and commissioning firm, is the newest partner to join STEAM Train. They
are teachers for the STEAM Bound Program & Adventures in Learning STEM Camp.
Middletown Public Schools
The Middletown Public School District is partnering with STEAM Train to offer after-school programming that will increase exposure to the disciplines of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, digital arts, and mathematics) especially among racially underrepresented students and their families.
Global Help Desk Services, Inc.
Global Help Desk Services, Inc., provides help desk outsourcing services to enterprise-sized companies. They are a partner with STEAM Train and a member of the Gleaner’s Portion Network, a group of compassionate employers who are willing to give graduates of STEAM Train an opportunity to work within their company.
GEAR UP Connecticut Alliance is a program funded by the US Department of Education with the goal of increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. To accomplish this goal, United States Department of Education provides states with six-to-seven year Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grants that provide support services to high poverty middle and high schools. The program follows 6th or 7th grade students through high school graduation. STEAM Train’s programming in the Meriden Public School District is sponsored by GEAR UP.
Meriden Public Schools
The Meriden Public School District is partnering with STEAM Train to offer after-school and summertime programming that will increase exposure to the disciplines of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, digital arts, and mathematics) especially among racially underrepresented students and their families.
Decian, Inc. is a managed IT support company. They are a partner with STEAM Train and a member of the Gleaner’s Portion Network, a group of compassionate employers who are willing to give graduates of STEAM Train an opportunity to work within their company.
Shiloh Christian Church
Shiloh Christian Church is also a partner of the STEAM Train. Shiloh was the site of the Fast Track STEM Academy pilot. Shiloh also provided participants with laptop computers for use during their training program.