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Dakota County Technical College (MN) will hold a two-week "BizTech Academy" that will link nanotechnology, innovation and entrepreneurship education. Matching funds $2,500. Project Director: Lisa Bah

 

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Phase I of BizTech is Nearly Done!

Posted By Lisa Bah, Monday, July 18, 2011

The students are gone, the Apple Valley site is nearly silent (wow, I can actually hear a clock ticking!), and we've successfully pulled off our first BizTech Academy. After the whirlwind craziness of the last few weeks, it's a letdown in a way. Granted, we have drafts of business plans to grade, along with a few short assignments, but for the most part, we've given the students their wings to build their entrepreneurial dreams.

Some students will be happy to get their first three college credits, some will continue on, tweaking their business plans for presentation and a scholarship competition October 20th, and yet others will meet with Small Business Development Center counselors along the way to refine elements of those plans. We'll be following up with them, and will continue to post on the blog as we have new information to share.

If you're curious as to how much a group of 25 teens can eat over a nine day period (as near as I can remember off the top of my head):

10 lbs oranges, 10 lbs red grapes, 10 lbs green grapes, 30 lbs bananas, 40 lbs apples, 16 gallons of juice, 18 gallons of milk, 27 large boxes of cereal, 4 loaves of bread, 28 bags of bagels along with bunch of plain/flavored cream cheese, 16 cases of water, 19 cases of pop, 220 bags of chips, 84 hot dogs, 72 brats, 48 burgers, 16 veggie burgers, 220 buns, 80 pieces of chicken, 2 gallons of pasta salads, 6 quarts of mashed potatoes and gravy, 48 biscuits, 20 lbs of salad mix (plus tons of side veggies—carrots, celery, tomatoes, etc), 7 bottles of dressing, 10 lbs assorted deli meats, 10 lbs mini chocolate candies, over 300 crunchy and chewy granola bars, batches of fresh-popped popcorn, a case of Skittles, over 100 fruit snacks, 72 assorted ice cream bars, lunch for 25 from Olive Garden and LaLoma Tamales, and various snacks we "picked up” along the way.

I'm happy to say that we got through BizTech without any major hitches—a huge testament to all the faculty and staff that contributed their time for the planning and execution of a first-ever college credit endeavor for DCTC. We're hoping to expand our offerings next summer, and have tentative plans to offer another course for credit. Stay tuned.

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Not Many Inventors Give You Their Cell Phone Number

Posted By Lisa Bah, Monday, July 18, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77VGO8R7c78

12:30 p.m. 6/29.

We boarded the bus for an hour ride west of the Twin Cities to Waconia, MN, where we were scheduled to meet with Scott Olson, the inventor of Rollerblades, http://www.scottolson.com/ and didn't know what to expect, other than that Scott lived on a farm down a dirt road and that he was willing to show us his latest invention, the SkyRower http://www.skyridetechnologies.com/. Little did we know, but we were about to be given an up-close-and-personal view not only of the SkyRower and other prototypes, but of his world.

The students no more than got off the bus, when we were greeted by Scott, hair wet and slicked-back from a workout in his small lap pool with built in water currents, and entered a huge barn from 1930 that has been converted into his home, workshop and creative space. Walking up to the main door, we were greeted by his two dogs and a mounted zebra head approximately 50 feet above—a treasure from an African safari. Once inside, there is a double-wide solid wood, rustic, curved staircase that leads to the main living level. Tucked just behind the stairs was the lap pool, and off to the right an interesting mix of artificial penguins perched from above, a thick rope that went to the peak of the barn, and framed images of the patents that led up to the creation of Rollerblades.

Just as Scott started to show us around, someone showed up needing keys. Scott excused himself, told all the students to take a look around, and that he'd be back shortly. The students were fascinated, and of course, several of the guys wanted to climb the rope they'd spied hanging from the ceiling. As soon as Scott returned, he challenged them to try to climb, but with a caveat—they could only use their arms. One by one, he sprayed their hands to prevent blisters, and the guys took the challenge, hooked in by the offer to take home one of the penguins. None succeeded. Then Scott coated his own hands, and managed to scale the rope in under 10 seconds, and shimmied right back down. Points for him in the students eyes!

From the moment we arrived, his home exuded peace and eclecticism at its best. Clearly, we could see that Scott was living the live he'd chosen for himself; nothing odd, nothing particularly eccentric, nothing particularly shocking—rather a man who has taken a half dozen products to market and who lives a simple lifestyle that exudes happiness. He led us up the stairs into his main living area. Everything was open. There was a makeshift office on a small table overlooking the marshy area of the farm, where you could watch the geese fly across the fields, gracefully landing on the water.

The kitchen had a large open countertop, an over-sized stove, and all the typical kitchen knick knacks, along with a well-stocked bar. It seems they'd had a party the night before, so Scott was quick to offer leftover lasagna and triple chocolate cake. No one took him up on the lasagna, but they were quick to dive into the treats on the countertop, nearly finishing off the sheet cake. All the while, Scott began asking students about BizTech. What interested you in entrepreneurship? How long have you been in classes? You're each getting three college credits in two weeks? Is this your only field trip/fun day? He was just as interested in them, as they were in him.

He welcomed them to continue exploring the uppermost level—his bedroom, flanked on one end by huge, curved floor to ceiling windows, and a suspended platform bed, dangling from ropes. The bedroom conjured up images of living in a treetop, surrounded by greenery and a perfect blue sky.

Next, we were off to see some more of his creations—some more successful than others. We paused outside the main door of his house to see Lunar 2 (he explained that Lunar 1 is kept out in one of his farm fields so he has different scenery). Lunar 2 is the size of a full mattress and is topped with an arched top. It's designed to provide heat on cooler nights and cool air on warm nights, and was created to that Scott can lay in the plexiglass capsule and watch the stars and the moon without being inundated by giant Minnesota mosquitoes. Several students stopped by a game he calls Kong Pong, an over-sized outdoor version of ping pong. The mechanism is complete with attached raised floodlights, and is on a spinning base. Players not only have a larger surface to play on, but also a center "pod” of wheels so that spectators can spin the tabletop while the players attempt to play.

Finally, we went to test out his latest invention, the SkyRider, which is nestled in a group of trees, and is suspended from a 1/9th mile steel track (see video), which requires human power. Almost every student took their turn around the test track. It's kind of like a rowing machine, and the athletes of the group announced that it would be a great cross-trainer for those who use their shoulders a lot—basketball, shot put, discus and gymnastics. Scott shared with them that he is working with an individual in Dubai to build a much larger track for their home.

He also showed them a similar prototype, SkyBike, but could only demonstrate that one himself. The students gathered around as he climbed a 10-foot ladder to climb into a biking mechanism with a crossover track. This track, being more complex, required him to shift gears upon approach to track changes, and allowed him to have a greater variety of inclines and declines as he wove his way around the track.

Each step of the way, Scott was accommodating, and genuinely interested. He explained that he sometimes takes on college interns for projects. He invited the students to be creative, and to offer suggestions how to tweak or market his products. He listened to feedback, and more importantly, offered mentorship down the road, with an open invitation to return.

It's not every day that a trip to a farm ends with an inventor saying, "Come back any time, bring your creations. You can always reach me on one of my websites. Better yet, here's my cell number.” Seriously, and on that note, 25 mesmerized youth entrepreneurs boarded a bus back to the city.

I know for a fact that a couple of them sent texts, thanking him for his openness and kindness that day. We'll see if Scott's inspiration impacts the business plan competition in October.

Tags:  BizTech Academy  Scott Olson  Skyridetechnology.com 

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Micro-enterprise and immigrant entrepreneurship

Posted By Lisa Bah, Friday, July 01, 2011

We spent Wednesday morning on a field trip and did pricing and product comparison activities along the way. Students were given a pricing activity and asked to find two similar products that were not familiar to them upon arrival at Midtown Global Market http://www.midtownglobalmarket.org/ and to make comparisons. Everyone had a chance to meet with micro-entrepreneurs in a market setting that resembles what is seen in many cities around the world. They were free to interact with the vendors, and some discovered the art of haggling and bartering in a colorful world with specialty groceries, food vendors, clothing and giftware. A few talked about how the vendors said they carry authentic products, such as hand-carved wooden animals both from their native land and the "knock-offs” from China and Taiwan, knowing some customers demand high-end products, and others just want a replica "for looks” on a shelf.

It was a new retail and cultural experience for all but three of the students. One of the students, coincidentally has a brother that has a giftware kiosk, and had also just opened a restaurant in Midtown less than a month before. The student, along with a class mate, ended up "covering” the student's brother's store for nearly an hour, while he dealt with paperwork errors on a product that had been imported. When they came to lunch, they both announced that working in a retail shop was boring when there weren't customers in the store! It was a launching point about the perks and pitfalls of owning a small retail shop over the lunch hour.

While there, we also had lunch at LaLoma Tamales, http://www.lalomatamales.com/ which is owned by DCTC alumni and NACCE Entrepreneur of the Year (2009) Noelia Urzua.

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To Plan or Not to Plan--That is the Question

Posted By Lisa Bah, Friday, July 01, 2011

Monday's lunch was both a hands-on learning activity and hilarious. Christine and I informed the group that we owned a successful restaurant chain, Green Acres Inc. and that we were hiring eight teams of consultants to create their version "Zalad”, one of our signature products. Teams were numbered off so that students couldn't work with their pals. There were few rules, other than that no team could "claim” any particular ingredient exclusively, and that they should prepare a "logical number of samples, knowing we might invite a few guest reviewers”. Some tables caught on right away that they were not only doing an exercise and that any employee in the building was free to stop by, and that they were also preparing lunch for the entire class. Others seemed to think that because each of the instructors had four voting cards, they should have just a few Zalads prepared, and at first, one group assumed they only needed to make two meals, as we had introduced ourselves as the owners.

Each group was given a list of 30 products (cold pasta, some dry ingredients like croutons, nuts, craisens, salad toppers and dressings) that they could select from. There wasn't even much fuss that there wasn't any lettuce listed on the list. Just when they thought they had their recipe perfected, we presented new business "opportunities”—to have organic Spring Mix lettuces, baby spinach, hearts of Romaine, a lettuce and veggie pre-mix, along with several other fresh vegetables. Fast forward 10 minutes, and we added proteins—ham and frozen grilled chicken (with just 5 minutes to go). The teams were scored on whether all members contributed to the description of the item, if they had all ingredients clearly listed on their menu item so as to avoid food allergy issues, the food presentation and the table scape.

The fun came in when the judges reviewed each table, followed by the groups sampling from all of the other tables. There were 200 points available, and there was only a 4-vote spread between the top three groups. The outcome became a great reflective activity, showing how group dynamics can impact products and services, along with attention to detail. We used the example to reflect back on what they'd learned in the marketing section, along with product development and leadership, and how every element of a business can impact another.

Much of Tuesday was about marketing and the sales process, and how to be thorough from initial greeting through closing the sale and the importance of regular follow-up contact. We spent the entire afternoon covering basic finance for business (everything from bootstrapping to angel investing), along with break-even analysis. Students practiced steps within the sales process, and continued to work on presentation skills.

The afternoon was pretty mellow, as they spent their time doing business research on the computers and began answering the first few questions of their business plans. Most knew they were in for a long night of homework, as they would be on a field trip with assignments throughout the day on Wednesday.

It's so nice having a group that is meeting the level of maturity expected in college level coursework.

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Time to Add New Team Players--The Business of Science and the Science of Business COLLIDE!

Posted By Lisa Bah, Friday, June 24, 2011

 A lot of learning and team transitioning!  Friday morning, the Nano and Imagineering groups collide!

Much of Thursday was spent on what we're calling the WOW Factor Through WOO—What can you say or do to WOW your audience? Otherwise known as WOO—Winning Others Over! BizTech students threw every negative experience they'd ever had regarding giving speeches and presentations away, and checked their nerves at the door. We talked about how anyone you interface with is an opportunity to sell yourself, your service, or your product. Students learned how to give elevator speeches, and then took a part of the assignment they'd been given on Monday, and had to turn their research into a presentation.

On Monday, they'd had library research, and had been put to task to find "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, or Something Blue”, which for them meant an old product that had morphed into something new (e.g. analog to digital clocks) something borrowed (a secondary use for an item), or something blue (or green, as in a product that may be available in the future. So, if they were the product inventor, they could speak in past, present or future tense, showing how they were either looking to improve a product, seek out financial backers, or perhaps something as simple as discovering a new way to pitch their products.

Today, the Nanoscience Technology group (5 new students) joined our Imagineering group (currently at 19, after losing one to a family health issue). The Imagineering group has become pretty tight over the past few days, regardless of how we've split teams for activities. Their surprise this morning was that, just like in many businesses, new people come on board, and dynamics change. Each group had a newcomer, and had to figure out commonalities to quickly regroup and assimilate into a new team. After "chomp and chow”, (which is what a few of the guys have dubbed breakfast each day), we spent the morning learning the nuances of marketing, and students soon discovered that it can be a hard word to define. We talked about how marketing is a field that changes rapidly, and how defining target markets and doing promotions and advertising can pose challenges in different age segments.

Midday, we took a field trip to ECM Publications, which is a company that produces over 40 newspapers and shoppers in communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Students witnessed a ceremonial grant signing between DCTC's Customized Training division, the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and ECM, who is trying to change their newspaper to meet the needs of the next generation. DCTC faculty will be training the newspaper's 40 salespersons and their managers how to become intrapreneurial within their sales force. After the grant signing, everyone joined together for pizza and a Youth and Media focus group with the paper staff. I think the staff was surprised how attuned youth consumers are into affiliate marketing, couponing, and using apps to garner knowledge. The staff also addressed a new generation of consumers, asking how they might be coaxed into reading local newspapers either in print, online, or via apps.

By the time we loaded the bus back to school, most of the kids were pretty much zapped for the week. The rowdiness was long gone, and they're all starting to worry about business structure, what business they're going to create, and how much work it will be to write a business plan next week, while keeping up on the other topics…plans, promotion, sales, breaking even, cash flow and more. While we've given them the foundation, some are beginning to feel like they have a zillion ideas floating around, and are unsure how to pull concepts together into ideas and to start working on a concrete project.

All week, we've been zipping around, tweaking curriculum, working with the students, and have made a multitude of runs to the grocery store and Sam's Club. It's finally 4 p.m. Friday, so now Christine and I can get back to our "regular” jobs just long enough to catch up on emails and voicemails from the week that has passed, and start all over bright-eyed Monday morning!

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An AMAZING Group!

Posted By Lisa Bah, Thursday, June 23, 2011

 We're about to start the fourth day of BizTech Academy, and our students are amazing! We have an interesting mix of students—some home-schooled, others from 2,500+ student schools, a couple just entering high school, and a few recent graduates transitioning into college. Regardless of how they self-identified themselves on Monday, they're all college students now and are on their way to post-secondary success!

I can honestly say, they're all so much fun to be around, and they have an energy that we don't typically see in a college classroom at 8 a.m. Christine Pigsley and I are working with 20 students in the Imagineering group, and over half of them are arriving up to an hour before classes each day, working in teams on homework projects or doing research on their potential product or service they may want to develop as we transition into entrepreneurship next week.

We started off with some ice breakers on Monday, and had Student ID's issued, so that everyone from BizTech now has access to the library system. They spent an hour that morning learning how NOT to Wiki or Google, and how to tap into literature and research databases. Looking back, it probably wasn't the most exciting thing to do the first morning, but it did set the framework for academic expectations. There was a little whining about being bored, but we must have gotten past that, as they all have great attitudes now!

Monday afternoon was all about the Creative Process, followed by the Design Process on Tuesday morning. We talked about how to go from concept to product, and how 50% of all businesses in Minnesota have some type of manufacturing component. After watching a few snippets of "How's That Made?”, we had two guest speakers, Pat McQuillan and Larry Raddatz present to the group. With years of industry experience, they talked about how they contract with employers, and that when a business has a pain, they're available to write prescriptions. The students really liked their analogies. Both have worked with industry giants such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and ConAgra, and were able to share how equipment, staffing, innovation and cost all impact the design and manufacturing process.

Then, the students were broken into assembly line teams, given roles and parts to create a Lego car. They talked about the LEAN process, and how advancements in technology often require fewer employees to boost production. In order to "make it real”, jobs were shuffled around, teams had to regroup, present the "new and improved product” and listen to audience feedback. Their surprise was that all cars had to be crash tested in the end, so the most marketable car wasn't necessarily the best!

Tuesday afternoon was filled with adventure. Not only did BizTech students have the opportunity to be taught by Bob Voss (former NACCE Entrepreneurship Faculty of the Year), they also had to learn about patents, copyrights and trademarks in the middle of two tornado warnings! If anyone can make patents interesting, Bob is the one. Students learned how to differentiate what levels of "protection” needed, and even tested out some of their business ideas.

On Wednesday, we started off with a Personality and Temperament profile, comparing student's results to the presumed personality/temperament of various inventors and innovators, comparing and contrasting them with a focus on business skills. It created a lot of laughter, and a greater awareness of what it often takes to be entrepreneurial. When it was time for a little physical activity and more team-building, we all went to the adjacent park for a four inning game of softball. Each student became either a team player, a base coach, or an umpire. The teams were intentionally mismatched at first, and it through some of the students for a loop. The twist came at the end of the game, when the leading team had grown too powerful, monopolizing the industry, and the government intervened. It was a good lesson on corporate America, and how no matter how powerful a business may become, strengths can become weaknesses and assets can become deficits.

By the afternoon, we moved on to Mission, Vision and Strategy. One of the projects we did to demonstrate each, and how they differ, was to have the students break into groups of 2-4, and draw from a stack of cards. As an example, one was Harvard University, another MN Twins, and yet another, The Bachelor TV show. To make it real, we showed a short video and used the example of The Jersey Shore, an MTV show. The mission of the characters has evolved, and has been greatly simplified. Originally, the show was to highlight the lives of a cast of young adults who wanted to party and live on the edge of life. Now, the characters have boiled their mission down to "Gym, tan, laundry”, their vision is to make the most money they can with as little effort as possible, and to be surrounded by paparazzi enough to be highlighted by entertainment shows and news magazines. Their strategy is to do this by being publicly drunk, emotionally erratic, and generally obnoxious. I don't know who had the most fun with this activity, but it certainly clarified to them how to frame their mission/vision/strategy for the companies they're creating!

Beyond the nuts ‘n' bolts, we've discovered a few things…these young adults have TONS of energy, and they love learning in a kinesthetic environment. We're utilizing Accelerated Learning theory, so all the tables are covered in parchment paper, and we have baskets of scented markers, Slinky's, PlayDoh, and small trinkets/toys for the students to integrate into projects and to use as a learning tool for focus. The walls are covered with their projects, and students are integrating music and video into most of their presentations.

We also learned something about food rather quickly—by Monday at lunch, in fact, was that we had a room filled with bottomless pits!  We'd assumed that most would have eaten prior to arrival, and had planned for mid-morning munchies, lunch and afternoon snacks. By the end of the first day, we'd gone through 10 pounds of bananas, 10 pounds of apples, 6 pounds of grapes, 48 bottles of juice, about 20 pounds of granola/chewy bars, cereal bars, PopTarts and similar goodies. These 20 yough devoured sandwich platters meant to serve 36, 6 pounds of chip-type snacks, 7 dozen cookies, three cases of pop, two cases of water, and various candy treats that we'd sprinkled across the tables.

Lesson learned? Provide them with a full breakfast from that point forward, because we were still hearing, "I'm kinda hungry” by mid-afternoon! So now, on top of everything else, we're bringing in cereal, bagels and every quasi-healthy snack we can find. Some of it may be that they're teens, but we're also beginning to think it's a statement of what is or isn't available at home, which may be somewhat attributable to household incomes. Going into this, who would have guessed that 20 teens could eat 76 burgers and brats for lunch?

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BizTech Less Than Three Weeks Away!

Posted By Lisa Bah, Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The positive energy is building! We're at a fairly "free” point, being that we've just passed Memorial day, and most summer courses begin June 6th on this campus. Most of the planning for BizTech Academy has been done by Christine Pigsley, Bob Voss and myself, and just like giving birth to a child, we're looking forward to the final stages—final curriculum development, the arrival of toys and supplies, and planning for meals and special outings—before the big day (June 20th) when our students arrive.

Two weeks ago, we sent information packets (photo releases, medical forms, teen behavior contracts, request for t-shirt sizes and such) to those who'd applied to BizTech Academy. We have 32 students enrolled, (10 Nanoscience Technology, 22 STEM Imagineering), however, at this point, five of the nano students only want to attend the nano portion. We're hoping to engage them fully upon arrival. We'll see if they find some of the entrepreneurship information that is embedded in the specific track is enough to intrigue those five to continue on with the remainder of the Academy once they've bonded with their peers. If not, we have an alternate way of working with those individuals to meet their needs.

Two students have even emailed me, wondering if there is anything they can do to "jump start” their business ventures before the Academy begins! Of course, this means that we've given them some resources ahead of time and a chance to explore a few business options. There's nothing better than an eager, but realistic , entrepreneur.

So, for now, Christine, Bob and I are planning activities, looking for obscure objects to "re-invent”, finalizing speakers, field trips and transportation, and hoping for a few weeks of sunny weather. Our hope is to blog frequently while BizTech is in session, so we can provide a few real-time highlights while the Academy is going on!

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Application Deadline Extended, Now Have a Cool Logo

Posted By Lisa Bah, Tuesday, April 26, 2011

For awhile, we had a few applications coming in each week, then once spring break happened, everything seemed to come to a halt. We’re hoping to fill 48 BizTech Academy slots, but still have some openings, and have extended the application deadline to May 10th. We’re also doing a second push to all the area business and STEM Department Chairs at each of the high schools, and have begun networking with the faith-based and home school networks. We even have a student coming from about 250 miles away, who will be spending the summer in the Twin Cities!

Meanwhile, we now have a multi-colored logo that has the atomic symbol with dollar signs imbedded in the atom for our t-shirts and promotional materials. Our Marketing team did a fantastic job, and is also upgrading our BizTech webpage, www.dctc.edu/go/BizTech and sending out press releases to local media. Tomorrow, I’m going to visit with an intermediate school district (a special high school program with students from a variety of districts), and will be working on activities where students must re-purpose items and think outside of the box. Hopefully, we’ll garner a few more students.

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Approved for College Credit, and the Apps are Rolling In

Posted By Lisa Bah, Friday, March 25, 2011

Initially, we were trying to get approval to have BizTech Academy approved for two college credits, based on the course content, time spent in the classroom and ongoing expectations of participants from the time of enrollment through follow-up. A few weeks ago, we were informed that we had been approved for three credits—one in Science and two in business! These are transcript-eligible credits, and as such, may be used at any college across the country that is willing to accept them. In the case of the University of Minnesota, the value of these credits would be valued at $1,130, plus course fees. We think that this will be a wonderful valued-added bonus for our students.

Last week, we rolled out plans for the Academy to Perkins Consortium members in several large school districts, as well as a large home school parent's group, and some specialized programs such as Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and Upward Bound programs that are within a 20 minute drive of the college. We also connected with the STEM Consortium that covers seven metro counties, and they've agreed to spread the word to the high school math and science teachers in their groups. Ideally, this will generate a lot of interest for our inaugural year.

On another note, the information page on BizTech Academy is up and running on our website. We have the program description, scholarship information, the online application and a FAQ's section ready to go. The content is there, and I'm looking to add a few photos and graphics to brighten the page in the next few days. The link is www.dctc.edu/go/BizTech . In the first few days, we've received three applications, and multiple inquiries. The application deadline is April 10th, so we're hoping for an influx in the next few weeks! On the back side, we've had to create things like a Medical Permission Form, an Immunization Form, a campus map, an Attendance and Responsibility Contract, and an activities waiver.

We're meeting again April 1 to finalize the curriculum, schedule instructors, and to solicit guest speakers and more. It's taken some time to nail down the details, but we've been intentionally cautious, as we're hoping that we can use all the forms for future camps, and offer not only BizTech the Summer of '12, but a few others as well.

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The Word is Beginning to Spread

Posted By Lisa Bah, Thursday, January 06, 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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