Empowering students to become technology confident and competent

Learning new tech skills, exploring career opportunities, and engaging with IT professionals

The Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence partners with numerous organizations and businesses to offer a wide variety of high quality technology education and career readiness resources for K-12 educators, students, and parents. Gain easy access to IT Center and partner resources where elementary through high school students can discover and develop valuable computing and professional skills needed to thrive in higher education and a career of their choice.

Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards Program

For Minnesota high school students who identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary.

Aspirations in Computing programs and awards offer students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to be honored for their computing-related achievements and interests.  Also offered are year-round skill building experiences and special events to connect with tech savvy peers and opportunities to engage with I.T. professionals

SPARCS

Special technology learning and engagement opportunities for students in grades 8-12 who identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary

IT Discovery Network

K-12 tech experience providers offer a wide array of free and inexpensive choices to explore the IT world

PowerUP IT

PowerUP IT features BIPOC technology professionals sharing their day-to-day work, their personal stories, and their interests.  The brief video interviews are perfect for classroom use, and for students in grades 8-12 to view to learn more about IT jobs and roles, as well as how problems are solved by teams utilizing technology tools and computing practices.

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For more information about any of these programs:

Contact Russell Fraenkel, Director of IT Career Pathways and Partnerships

russell.fraenkel@metrostate.edu

(651) 253.9438