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Summer Youth Technology Institute Prepares Urban Youth for Tech Valley

By Greta Petry (October 8, 2004)

Summer Youth Technology Institute Prepares Urban Youth for Tech Valley.

The Center for Urban Youth and Technology (CUYT) held the fifth annual summer institute at the School of Education from July 6-23. With 50 students participating, this was the largest summer institute to date.

The focus was the Capital Region “Tech Valley” initiative. Students attended workshops by the National Weather Service, the Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education (CIPCE) at Rensselaer, and the Department of Transportation.

“CUYT is committed to ensuring that urban youth and their parents are directly included in this initiative, so that they can see and be a part of the new and exciting work force and college opportunities, ” said Associate Professor of Educational Theory and Practice and CUYT Director Joseph Bowman, Jr., Ph.D. “We want to make sure that the business and educational institutions know that there are urban students and parents who have an interest in these fields and are preparing for their futures now.”