Dr. Robert Moore, superintendent, Stevensville Schools, is in full support of this expansion stating, “The Stevensville School District greatly appreciates the grant-funded ‘jumpstart’ that Coding for Kids will be offering to our high school students over the next three years. The introduction of advanced STEAM classes, coupled with the partnerships of local technological companies in providing mentorships/internships, helps ensure our students have future-ready entrepreneurial and educational skills which are key to success in our community.”
Classes involving more advanced instruction such as Java/Python programming, drone construction and piloting, e-commerce, CAD/CAM, film, and video editing, will be offered to the next generation of local students. With these courses they will be capable of competing for the best tech jobs both at home and beyond.
Coupled with the foundation grants, C4K is partnering with several high-technology companies in the area: Skyfish, Stevensville (https://www.facebook.com/skyfishai/), LMG Security, Missoula (https://www.lmgsecurity.com/), Advanced Technology Group, a Cognizant Company, Missoula (https://atginfo.com/), and Montana Studios, Stevensville (https://montanastudios.com/). These companies have agreed to collaborate with C4K in designing course curricula, providing mentors, and offering summer internships to participating students. Lynn-Wood Fields, marketing producer for Montana Studios comments that, “Montana Studios is excited to partner with Coding for Kids. We believe strongly in community, education and creating film jobs for the next generation of Montanans. It is with great honor that we endorse and will work to help build this program successfully.”