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Salish Kootenai College Technology camp set for July 10-13

From Salish Kootenai College

PABLO — Salish Kootenai College’s “Flathead Tech4Good” program is proud to announce a four-day Technology Camp for Native American students on July 10-13. The camp is free to Native American students who are recent High School graduates or entering their Junior or Senior years. Classes will be held in the Adeline Mathias Building on the SKC campus in Pablo. Transportation and lunches are provided for up to 30 Native American students residing on the Flathead Reservation.

Camp organizer Mary Bryon emphasizes employment goals for underrepresented populations. Stating “Essentially, this camp will expose Native students to a variety of career opportunities in the tech field. Remote work or telecommuting is ideal for rural reservations but computer skills are required for tech work.” The program includes computer skills in game design, web development, programming and media design. “As with all technology, Native youth can shape future technology by incorporating traditional values and perspectives into meaningful projects.” states Jonathan Richter, coordinator of Flathead Tech4Good and department chair of SKC’s Media Design, Film, and Television programs.

SKC’s Tech4Good launched in the Fall of 2016 with “Gaming the Future” program, a community collaborative with Native Teaching Aids, the Montana Co-op and Healing the Jocko Valley Food Sovereignty Project. The partnership will release a new computer game entitled “Fields and Feasts” in early June to raise awareness on food-related issues. This summer’s native youth tech camp is a natural extension of successful community initiatives.

Flathead Tech4Good has teamed with corporate sponsors to support enrolled Native American students with tech education and employment. Native students are encouraged to attend the camp to learn more about scholarships, internships and tech careers. Registration opens on June 12 and is limited to 30 students. Information and registration forms are posted at tech4good.skc.edu or call Rene Dubay at (406) 459-3484.
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