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The Word is Beginning to Spread

Posted By Lisa Bah, Thursday, January 6, 2011

Since I last posted, we've had a few more individuals and companies make small donations to BizTech Academy. The word is beginning to spread that we're trying to create a fun and innovative education initiative for a diverse group of students.

I've been asked to present to our Workforce Investment Board's (WIB) Youth Council this Friday, and I'm excited to describe how we're going to bring together a diverse group of 40 students from area secondary STEM Magnet and Public Schools, Home School families, Private Academies, as well as incoming DCTC students enrolled in the TRiO Student Support Services Program to participate in this inaugural summer learning experience.

The Youth Council promotes education, career exploration and summer employment opportunities to high school students and recent grads. As part of the WIB, they are committed to keeping high-tech jobs in the community, working with area school districts and nonprofit service providers, and using DCTC as an economic development tool to provide technical training that leads to livable wage jobs.

On another note, we're working on curriculum development, and going through the "hoops of fire” to get BizTech approved as a two-credit college level course. This is an added value of over $400, and as a fully-accredited school, the student could transfer those elective credits to almost any college or university. We're also working behind the scenes to create promotional flyers, and a page within the college's website to promote BIzTech, along with an online application that will be available February 1. The enrollment window will be open through March 31.

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