Students tech out careers

Jerry Kolb, manager of systems and operations for Central Technology Services, gives a tour Tuesday to technologically inclined students from around the state who are spending several days at Linn State Technical College learning about opportunities at CPoD or Computer Professions on Demand. Commonly called ‘computer camp,’ students are introduced to computer programming and script writing, and were able to tour a number of sponsor businesses to see the need and use of technology. Students are Cara Strunk, left, Ashley Painter, second, and at right is Nathan Gelina.

Jerry Kolb, manager of systems and operations for Central Technology Services, gives a tour Tuesday to technologically inclined students from around the state who are spending several days at Linn State Technical College learning about opportunities at CPoD or Computer Professions on Demand. Commonly called ‘computer camp,’ students are introduced to computer programming and script writing, and were able to tour a number of sponsor businesses to see the need and use of technology. Students are Cara Strunk, left, Ashley Painter, second, and at right is Nathan Gelina.

Many students consider information technology as a career, but they often assume opportunities only are available in larger cities.

An 11-year, collaborative effort has shown nearly 150 youth the variety of careers and employers available to young people with computer skills.

“Jefferson City has many technology companies that hire technical employees to do leading edge technology,” said Jill Hansen, a member of the Jefferson City Information Technology Coalition.

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