From eSchool News staff

and wire service reports

Summer school never seemed so good or challenging as the classes being offered throughout Colorado this year.

Gov. Bill Owens on May 5 announced $1 million in grants for 25 innovative high school summer study programs to enhance technology skills for students and teachers.

Owens hopes the camps will pay off with a computer-literate work force to fill tens of thousands of jobs expected to open up in the technology sector in the next decade.

“The Colorado Institute of Technology-funded programs are far from calculator-punching alternatives to summer play,” he said.

The 25 programs include classes for teachers and students and range from a Colorado Community College program to help educators teach math and technology, to a middle school science camp at Fort Lewis College in Durango, to a youth-run information training laboratory in Denver.

Grants for the classes ranged from $10,000 to more than $200,000, and they were awarded after individual schools applied and outlined their plans along with the number of people attending.

The Colorado Institute of Technology was formed in March to help Colorado become an industry leader and help fill tens of thousands of jobs that high-tech industries are having a hard time filling.

“We’re going to the heart of the problem to bridge the digital divide,” said Marc Holtzman, Owens’ technology secretary. “These programs will help Colorado develop the human capital necessary to meet technology’s challenges with a prepared workforce. They will give kids an early appreciation for technology’s capabilities.”

Colorado Institute of Technology