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Students Learn Job Skills as IT Techs

A Missouri school’s program reflects a national trend of training high school students.

Computer tech training fills IT gaps at high schools and preps students for the workforce.

Computer tech training fills IT gaps at high schools and preps students for the workforce.

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While Clinton, CommTech's first hire, won't be around to train the next crop of technicians—his family is moving this summer—he's hoping his new school will have a computer program.

Even if it doesn't, working as a technician has done more than simply teach him how to install an operating system; it's given him a career path, says the soon-to-be high schooler.

"It shows that I have potential in computer programming and the assembly of computers," Clinton says. "Now I have a dream of what I want to do. I want to go get into a good college up in the St. Louis area, and then I want to go on and pursue a career in computer technology."

See U.S. News's coverage of Technology in the Classroom.