SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
|Donna Abbott Vlahos/Business Review
student Heidi Von Ludwig works with Luis Colon on developing a Web
A group of teens in Troy had the chance to learn computer skills and
gain workplace experience this summer, with the help of Rensselaer students
Rensselaer partnered with The Ark, a haven for learning and personal
development for the children of low-income families in Troy's Taylor Apartments,
in a program called the "Computers and Communication Technology Summer
Employment and Training Program."
Teens spent 30 hours a week for six weeks receiving hands-on training
in HTML and graphics for the World Wide Web, desktop publishing, video
production, and computer office skills. They also took part in a service
learning workshop focusing on job interviewing, oral presentation skills,
and resume writing.
"We want these kids to get more than just technical skills out
of this," says Teresa Harrison, associate professor of language, literature,
and communication at Rensselaer and one of the coordinators of the project.
"It's about building social skills in conjunction with the technical that
will make these students really marketable."
Five Rensselaer students in the School of Humanities and Social
Sciences helped plan curriculum and teach the classes.
"A vast majority of occupations in the next century will incorporate
computers and technology skills," says Derek Granger, employment and training
coordinator at the Rensselaer County Department of Employment and Training.
"It's important that we expose our county's youth to these skills so they
can succeed in tomorrow's workplace."
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