Sparkfun tour visits Mid-State Tech College

August 14, 2013

From “National Tour Sparking Students Interests” — A national program made a stop in our area to capture the interests of young students. The Sparkfun National Tour is working to put kids in the classroom and qualified adults in a technological setting to beat a shortage inside the profession.

Mark Swanson, owner of Swanson Labs was a sponsor of the tour, helping bring it to Mid State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids.

He says the shortage in the field can be fixed by giving people exposure to different parts in the technological profession.

Swanson told us, “Shortage in our area of technology students enrolled in universities and tech schools. Employees have more jobs than they do qualified employees, so part of the local event is to focus on exposure to our kids.”

The Sparkfun tour offered the one day seminar to 25 different students and teachers from local high schools for no charge.

The curriculum and equipment made today will stay in Wood County and will be used by educators and area leaders, promoting students to participate.



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