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Day One Recap of Cook County's Inaugural Technology Camp

Aug 05, 2019 04:46PM ● By Editor
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By Boreal Community Media - August 5, 2019


On Monday morning, eleven energetic young students filled the classroom at Cook County Higher Education, excited to learn about technology.  Boreal Community Media, Cook County Higher Education and Cook County Schools ISD 166 Community Education joined forces to create the first ever Student Technology Boot Camp in Cook County.

Community members who work in the field of Information Technology will be stopping each day after the lunch break to share a bit about themselves and their IT careers with the students.  On Monday, Mike Duvall, a local software engineer, stopped by to talk to the campers.  

The instructor for the camp is Joan Bernard and her assistant is David Blackburn, a Cook County High School graduate and Boreal intern who is now majoring in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Named 2017 Minnesota Educator of the Year by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, Joan Bernard currently teaches in the Computer Networking Department at Hennepin Technical College in the Twin Cities and holds several technology professional certifications.   

Joan Bernard oversees the "hands on" tech boot camp on Monday.


Each day has a different them, along with interactive activities for the students.  Monday's topic was "Excel - A must for all IT professionals".  Today the students were given a commemorative Tech Camp T-shirt, donated by Eric Block and Hella Buchheim of Hovland.  Stay tuned for more updates throughout the week!  

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