With most of the major Denver-area school districts back in session, KidsTek is proud to now be bringing its high school programs to another school district this fall. Adams 14 School District is located north of Denver, and serves the approximately 35,000 residents of Commerce City. Adams City High School is home to nearly 2,000 students. Last week, KidsTek began its first full-year elective at Adams City High with a business computing course taught by one of KidsTek’s newest instructors, Rob Wellington.
KidsTek’s business computing class is an elective for sophomores, juniors, and seniors that uses project-based learning to introduce students to business basics and to help them develop relevant computing skills for college, careers, and the real world. When talking to existing community and corporate partners, a consistent concern has been the lack of fluency in basic computer programs in the workforce. Specifically, the Microsoft Office Suite programs of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have often been cited as necessary competencies. The KidsTek business computing class builds these skills and additionally gives students the opportunity to earn MS Office certifications. Students are also given regular opportunities in this class to host and meet with business owners, entrepreneurs, and tech leaders from the Denver community.
Instructor Rob Wellington received his MA in Secondary Education and Teaching from the University of Puget Sound. He has served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for the past two years, most recently in the role of tutor coordinator for the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County. Rob is passionate about finding intersections between the education and nonprofit sectors, and seeing how he can enhance educational opportunities for Colorado’s under-served youth.
If you or somebody you know is interested in being a class guest for KidsTek’s business computing classes during this school year, send an email to Craig Nason, KidsTek Program Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org