More than a decade into the 21st century, the rate of technology continues to change the landscape of our society in countless ways. Beyond the advent of social media and technology use in our leisure time, an effective technology infrastructure has become critical to the success of every industry. This need has fueled an explosion within the tech sector itself. In Colorado alone, “There are approximately 140,000 technology company workers and there are nearly 92,000 total IT workers spanning all industries. The average wage in the IT-Software sector in metro Denver is $97,050.” (Colorado Technology Association, 2014)
Demand for technology and tech-skilled workers has caused a shift in education across the United States to prioritize science, technology, engineering, and math content, commonly known as STEM. STEM opportunities in Colorado are only growing, as a recent Colorado Education Initiative report found: “Colorado is expected to see above national average growth in STEM occupations over the next decade as well as a rapid increase in the demand for STEM talent across non-STEM professions. However, Colorado’s students are not adequately prepared to compete for these jobs.” (CEI, 2014)
In order for growth in technology talent to become a reality, quality instruction needs to be in place from the earliest points of a student’s educational path all the way through high school graduation. In a 21st century economy, students are discovering that digital literacy will be a part of their future, no matter what field they go into. Having the ability to utilize computers effectively is an essential skill for the emerging workforce.
KidsTek exists to meet that need and bridge the digital divide in Colorado’s highest needs schools. We are passionate about students making connections between technology and their future dreams. Our programs build that bridge to success through a fun and challenging environment that sets students on a path to future success.