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Roadtrip Nation Announces November Premiere of New Documentary: “Small Town Tech”

“Small Town Tech” follows three students from Yuma County, Arizona as they interview inspiring tech professionals and discover the breadth of career possibilities available—in big cities and small towns alike.

/EIN News/ -- Costa Mesa, California, Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Career exploration company Roadtrip Nation is excited to kick off November with their new one-hour documentary special, “Small Town Tech.” Presented by KQED, “Small Town Tech” will air nationally on public television stations starting on November 7, and is available to watch online at now.

Fueled by the Cisco Foundation, “Small Town Tech” explores the numerous places where people can build careers in tech—from hubs like Silicon Valley to their own hometown backyards. The film follows Anthony, Ericka, and Joccelyn as they travel through California and their home county of Yuma, Arizona in Roadtrip Nation’s green RV, interviewing leaders at Spotify, YouTube, Google, Niantic, and more.

Anthony feels a lot of pressure to do something great with his life—especially since he’s the only member of his family to graduate from high school. He has so many interests, and he’s not sure which to choose: satellites, 3D modeling, or computer science? Most of all, he’s looking for a community that will support him as he finds his focus. Ericka is excited to explore all kinds of fields—from law enforcement and cybersecurity to medical and agricultural technology. On this trip, she wants to find all the ways technology can be a gateway to what she’s interested in. Joccelyn loves coding and video games, so after she finishes her major in computer science, she’s aiming to work in the gaming industry. She’s looking for guidance from people working in that field and many others, so she can pursue her dreams and become a role model for others, too.

“Roadtrip Nation sends people on the road to find out where they want and need to be,” said Mike Marriner, co-founder of Roadtrip Nation. “That’s why we were pleased to have the Cisco Foundation fuel this initiative. Everyone has their road. Sometimes it leads you somewhere far from where you started, and sometimes it leads you right back home. We wanted to show that you can build a career anywhere in the field you love, especially when it comes to tech.”

From game designers to mechanical engineers, the leaders featured in the film are everyday people working in different environments, in different cities; but they’re all dedicated to bringing the world forward through tech. The roadtrippers cross paths with Hustle software engineer and creator of the #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign Isis Anchalee; human-I-T co-founder and CEO Gabe Middleton; Niantic game designer Raza Ahmad; Savanna Silva, a mechanical engineer at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, as well as other inspiring individuals. Whether they choose to branch out or stay close to home, the roadtrippers learn they can plug into a career in tech wherever they are.

At Cisco we are committed to enabling people to reach their full potential in the digital economy,” said Peter Tavernise, Executive Director of the Cisco Foundation. “We know that most of tomorrow’s jobs will require technology skills, so we are proud to work with Roadtrip Nation to show young people how those skills can open doors to a wide variety of rewarding careers.”

To learn more about “Small Town Tech,” visit

You can also learn more about the film by following @RoadtripNation, @CiscoCSR, and the hashtag #YumaTech on Twitter.

About Roadtrip Nation
“What should I do with my life?” Since 2001, Roadtrip Nation has made it their mission to help individuals answer this question. Through best-selling books, an acclaimed documentary series, and interactive classroom curricula, Roadtrip Nation empowers people to turn what they like into careers they’ll love—and helps them navigate any obstacles encountered along the way. For more information, visit

About KQED
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

About APT
American Public Television (APT) is the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations. For more than 10 years, APT has annually distributed one-third or more of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. Founded in 1961, among its 250 new program titles per year, APT programs include prominent documentaries, performance, news and current affairs programs, dramas, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. “America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated,” “Cook’s Country,” “AfroPoP,” “Rick Steves’ Europe,” “Chris Kimball’s Milk Street Television,” “Front and Center,” “Doc Martin,” “Nightly Business Report,” “Midsomer Murders,” “A Place to Call Home,” “Lidia’s Kitchen,” “Globe Trekker,” “New Orleans Cooking with Kevin Belton,” “Simply Ming,” and “P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home” are a sampling of APT’s programs, considered some of the most popular on public television APT licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. Entering its 13th year, Create®TV — featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming — is distributed by American Public Television. APT also distributes WORLDTM, public television’s premier news, science and documentary channel. To find out more about APT’s programs and services, visit

The roadtrippers snap a picture with human-I-T co-founder and CEO, Gabe Middleton, after interviewing him.



Mark Fewell
                    Roadtrip Nation
                    (949) 764-9121

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