Meet Clif Schieck
“I think it’s extremely important to use your skills and resources to help make your community and the world a better place to live.” Clif Schieck
Travel has always played a big role in his connection with the world and Clif has trekked in more than 80 countries. In 2009, Clif took advantage of an opportunity with Great Shape! to combine his four personal passions—children, volunteering, traveling and computers.
Great Shape! is a volunteer program in Jamaica founded in 1988 by three Ashland friends:
Georgene Crowe, Gretchen Lee, and Myrtle Frankli. At that time, Great Shape! had plans to install 150 donated computers in 15 different grade schools spread out over rural parts of the island country. The organization needed people with skills in large-scale computer networking to get the computers installed in a short amount of time so the volunteers could immediately start teaching the children.
Clif took his extensive skills to the island and the team got all of the computers installed, and the
volunteer teachers were able to start on teaching. Clif says, “Within ten minutes of getting on the computers, one group of students was researching how to create a business plan for an organic farm, and another group looking up butterflies of the world. Teaching the children computer skills equips them with knowledge and opens up enormous job possibilities that will benefit them, and their country for the rest of their lives.”
Great Shape!’s computer labs have had a major impact on children’s accessibility to a literacy
curriculum and the world. The computers provide a tremendous resource toward helping pull the
country’s youth out of illiteracy, unemployment, and poverty.
Clif continues to travel, volunteer and guide the team at Dr. Networking. He specializes in engineering projects, network topography, software integration and computer and network security.
“Teaching the children computer skills equips them with knowledge and opens up enormous job possibilities that will benefit them, and their country for the rest of their lives.” Clif Schieck