“This class has helped me outside of the classroom… my cousin asked me if I could help him set up his business. He knew that because of the KidsTek Networking class I would know how to set up his computer and printer and could make sure everything was connected and configured properly.”
– Edmundo Gomez, 12th grade, Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College, Denver
Our goal is to reach more than 1000 unduplicated students per year over the next five years, while adding 10 additional after school programs for elementary and middle-school aged children and 10 additional in-school high school elective classes. KidsTek has a 15 year track record of measurable results relating to workforce readiness and college preparedness for under-served youth in Colorado.
KidsTek is a a 501 (c)(3) organization that provides students the technical foundation that has become necessary in education and the workforce today. Our K-8 programs emphasize and develop skills around Internet Research and Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) that are invaluable technology skills for any professional career.
Our High School programs include Introduction to Computing, Introduction to Networking, NET+, Introduction to Programming, and Business Computing. All of these courses are concurrent-enrollment courses with the community college system and provide opportunities for several industry recognized certifications, including the IC3 Digital Literacy certification and NET+.
The Business Computing course provides opportunities for Microsoft Office Specialist certifications and features weekly visits from industry leaders and entrepreneurs, to strengthen the students' industry knowledge and confidence in entering the workforce and/or college. KidsTek also provides its students with field trips to local high-tech business and works with local Colleges and Universities for student visits and panel discussions around the value of a post-secondary education.
We encourage corporate supporters to sponsor a High School elective program both financially and personally as guest speakers in our classes. It costs approximately $20,000 per year per class. Corporations and other organizations that can provide a three-year, $15K per year commitment will be provided with branding opportunities as well. Since we award laptops to all of our high school students who pass our classes with at least a “C” grade, donations of new or less than 3-year-old laptops are also welcomed.Funders and Partners
The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.
Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.
Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.
Ensure work is sustainable.
Demonstrate replicability and scalability.
Create high impact partnerships
Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.
Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience
Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.
Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.
Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.