PTECH interest high among Timberline 8th Graders

STEM School

On December 14, 2015, Timberline 8th graders and their parents were treated to a catered dinner in our community room. The special event was for 8th graders interested in applying for the first PTECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High school) cohort in the state of Colorado. Families learned about the incredible opportunity for their children to graduate from high school with an associates degree in computer information systems. Speakers for the evening included Raymond Johnson, IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Manager; Brandon Shaffer, former Colorado senator and current executive director of PTECH, Marty Goldberg, PTECH coordinator for Front Range Community College, Patty Quinones, executive director of Race to the Top in SVVSD, and Ben Fenster, a professional web developer for Boston University. 8th graders and their families were especially interested in the student panel that closed the evening. The panel included students from Skyline STEM Academy and the Innovation Center robotics program. Each student shared their experiences in high school and computer programming, and even expressed how lucky the 8th graders were to be offered the opportunity of PTECH. The evening was a huge success with over 60 students, more than half of the entire 8th grade class, attending. The 8th graders will now focus on completing the application process, doing a personalized STEM capstone project, and continuing to work hard on their GPA and extracurricular activities.

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