Virginia Piedmont Technology Council Tech Tour

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

March 3, 2005

10th and 11th grade students from more than a dozen Central Virginia high schools visited a group of local technology firms on Thursday, March 3rd. The visits were part of the Virginia Piedmont Technical College's second annual tech tour.

The Albemarle County IT Director, Mike Culp, describes the event as a "high pace event that essentially tries to take the kids places where they can touch and feel technology."

The tour is aimed at educating students about high tech jobs and their related fields of study. Program volunteers intend for the event to be
an eye opening experience for the students.

"The goal is to see them get an idea that will impact how they plan their curriculum, whether it be through high school or advanced education," says Culp. "I don't know that enough people realize how much technology is in our area, and the goal is to identify that for our students."

School officials spread the word about the Tech Tour and students who were interested signed up. One student said he initially signed up for an extra credit opportunity in his science class, but ended up learning a lot.

"It was a great opportunity, I got out of class, got extra credit, and just learned a whole lot about everything. It was fun," said student Teddy Williams.

Thirty students participated last year, compared to this year's 150. Program leaders expect the event to get bigger and more successful every year.

If you or your business is interested in volunteering for next year's Tech Tour, visit www.vptc.org/techtour/ for more information.


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