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March 30, 2016

CMS Vance High Students Spend Spring Break at Tech Apprenticeship
Wednesday, March 30, 2016—1p-4p, Vance High School

VanceStudentsThis week, twenty-one students from Vance High School’s Engineering Academy learned how to rebuild laptops with new software, set up networks, write code and learn app writing skills at an apprenticeship led by Informative Technologies, a University City entrepreneurial IT business. The program is being sponsored by Electrolux. At the end of their apprenticeship, they will each go home with a restored laptop computer that they rebuilt.

Electrolux worked with Informative Technologies, Vance High School Academy of Engineering and University City Partners to develop this Spring Break program as one way to begin addressing the digital divide in University City. The program provides students with an exceptional job apprenticeship and new job skills for the 21st century.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for our students to develop marketable technology skills It’s great, too, in that it rewards them from the start with their own laptop computer,” says Matthew Wykoff, Program Coordinator for Vance High School Academy of Engineering.

Check out this amazing video of our students!

Teachers tour TIAA-CREF to better prepare students
by RHaag | Aug 20, 2015 | Events in University City | 0 comments
Teachers at TIAA-CREF
Teachers broke into small groups to tour TIAA-CREF
Math, science and technology teachers recently visited TIAA-CREF’s campus to learn how classroom success can translate into good careers. The STEMersion event gave teachers both valuable insights and cause to shed tears of joy, as TIAA-CREF employees offered heartfelt thanks.

“When we saw the video where they were thanking teachers, that struck a chord with everyone!” said Olympic High teacher Nakeesha Dawson. Dawson and about 50 other middle- and high-school teachers spent two weeks visiting area businesses through Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ STEMersion program. Business partners showed teachers the work environment and the practical use of formulas, theories and concepts taught in the classroom. Teachers receive a stipend and renewal credits.

The program started in 2012 with seven companies hosting visits. This year’s program involved 20 companies including (keep reading)

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