Growing, from berries to tech

Growing, from berries to tech

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Launched in 2007 by ETR Associates, a Scotts Valley-based nonprofit focused on health, education and social service issues, Watsonville TEC (also known as ITEST project Animando a Estudiantes con Technologia) has grown from a small program serving middle school girls (known as the ITEST Girl Game Company) to include video game programming classes for middle school boys, separate computer skills tutorials for fifth graders and for parents, and expanded to more schools. There is also a social media component that provides young students a safe, controlled environment to explore online and a mentorship program that keeps high school students involved.

This article is the first in a series on Watsonville TEC by the Watsonville Patch.