Sixteen students from Hudtloff Middle School have spent nearly nine weeks learning various aspects of technology at Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) in an after- school mini-course. Students learned how to manipulate images, create Web pages, work with 3D animation and even produced their own digital videos thanks to a partnership between CPTC and Clover Park School District.
‚ÄúI have always enjoyed computers and technology and use applications at home to make flyers and presentations,‚Äù said Felicia Agrelius, a Hudtloff eighth-grader. ‚ÄúThe course moves quickly‚Äîwe began creating our own Web sites during our first meeting‚Äîbut it‚Äôs fun and challenging.‚Äù
Students who successfully complete the entire course will be given a college credit.
‚ÄúConnecting middle school students with college-level technology is an extension beyond their typical experience, and helps them develop skills and a passion towards technology,‚Äù said Josh Zarling, Hudtloff‚Äôs assistant principal. ‚ÄúOur goal was to create experiences that the students would remember and use after middle school.‚Äù
Zarling‚Äôs inquiry and collaboration with CPTC started the partnership between the college and Hudtloff. He hopes to offer the course to Hudtloff students next quarter as well.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs great to learn something fun that will potentially help us after high school,‚Äù said Katharyn Wright, a Hudtloff seventh-grader.