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Accelerator Helps Denver High School Students Explore Tech Career Opportunities

Friday, July 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Fred Bauters
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Colorado Technology Foundation and Denver Public Schools CareerConnect partner with industry professionals to give students hands-on, career-focused technology experiences

 


DENVER (July 7, 2017) - Nearly 50 high school students from the Denver area will be one step closer to careers in tech before they head back to school in the fall. Colorado Technology Foundation’s second-annual Tech Internship Accelerator provides immersive, hands-on training and focused dialogue with industry professionals so they can better understand Colorado’s many lucrative and rewarding opportunities in tech fields. The Accelerator is hosted in partnership with Denver Public Schools CareerConnect to enhance and accelerate the summer internship experiences for the students.


At a recent industry training session, PCs for People led a workshop on computer repair and refurbishment, and through the support of Colorado Technology Foundation every student will be able to take their refurbished computer home with them after completing the program. The equipment is sourced from companies that upgrade their computer systems and recycle old equipment. Check out this short video with highlights from the day!


“We are so grateful for the generous donation from PCs for People and Colorado Technology Foundation,” said Joe Saboe, Director of Denver Public Schools CareerConnect. “For many of our students, this is the first time they will own a computer. With this powerful technology, our TechConnect students will be able to accelerate their learning and unlock their future careers.


The six-week program begins on June 16 and ends July 21, taking place at CSU Denver Center each Friday. Participating students learn about topics such as digital design, coding, automation, computer hardware, 3D printing, advertising tech, geographic information systems, soft skills and more. The program fosters a crucial connection between today’s industry leaders and the leaders of tomorrow.


"Students pursuing tech careers are often limited by not having a home computer,” said Julie Seltz, Executive Director of PCs for People. “Our Tech Internship Accelerator workshop enabled us to train low-income students on basic computer components and troubleshooting techniques, and provided them with computers for use at home. Partnering with Colorado Technology Foundation and DPS CareerConnect allows us to identify, educate and equip students with the tools needed for success in the classroom and beyond while expanding our digital inclusion impact locally."


Colorado has more than 13,000 open computer science positions, and these technology skills are transferrable across a wide range of industries. This program provides an opportunity to make a real difference for the state’s economy and its youth. Colorado Technology Foundation will continue to expand the program to reach as many students as possible in 2018. If you or your company would like to get involved, please contact Cyrus Martin at cyrus@coloradotechnology.org or 303-592-4077.


TRAINING DATES + TOPICS

Day 1 (June 16)

KidsTek - Developing Healthy Connections In-Person & Online / Skillful - IT Baseline Skills

Day 2 (June 23)

PCs for People - Computer Repair & Refurbishment / MentorMatter - Automation Integration

Day 3 (June 30)

Couragion - STEM Career Exploration / Zayo - Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Day 4 (July 7)

Choozle - Marketing/Ad-Tech 101 / Galvanize - Intro to Computer Programming

Day 5 (July 14)

Turing School of Software & Design - Building Your Own Website / HomeAdvisor - Quality Analysis (QA) Automation

Day 6 (July 21)

Charter Communications - Intro to 3D Printing / CO.STARTERS - Entrepreneurship Generator


The remaining training dates will be held at CSU Denver Center, 475 17th St, Suite 300, Denver, CO.

 


ABOUT COLORADO TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION

Colorado Technology Foundation (CTF) is the philanthropic branch of Colorado Technology Association (CTA). CTA leads the network of companies and professionals fueling Colorado's economy, through technology. Since 1994, the association has represented Colorado’s technology industry, one of the fastest growing industries in the state. CTF works to influence the development of a robust tech talent pipeline by leading programs and initiatives that equip students and jobseekers with the skills and experience needed throughout the local technology workforce. For more information, please call (303) 592-4070 or visit coloradotechnology.org.



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