Tech and innovation accelerator Platform Calgary is teaming up with a Calgary-area school on a hybrid program that will immerse high school students in the city’s growing tech scene.
Students at Strathcona Tweedsmuir School (STS) will have access to a specialized curriculum and mentorship experiences in weekly classes held at the Platform Innovation Centre on 9 Avenue SE. It will also include a series of in-person and virtual classes.
The partnership will kick off with two pilot programs for the 2023 school year. The STAND program will prioritize entrepreneurial thinking and give students a learning model that has on-site learning, one-on-one support and collaboration with others.
Students will be able to choose from a variety of streams, including film and media arts, graphic design, computer science and business studies.
Another program will allow them to earn industry micro-credentials not offered through courses at STS.
“The experiences our students will have through Platform Calgary will connect them with the broader global community, real-world experiences, and partners from the post-secondary, industry, and startup communities,” said Carol Grant-Watt , Head of School at STS.
“This will be incredibly impactful for them, and I sincerely hope, for our city and broader
Terry Rock, CEO of Platform Calgary, said this is a way for young Calgarians to get involved in shaping the city’s future.
“This is a great example of a collaboration that will strengthen and diversify Calgary’s economy in the long term, by connecting high school students with future career paths that are globally relevant and local in impact,” said Rock,
“Not only does this program open up the community to students so they can learn about the incredible opportunities available in Alberta’s tech sector, it offers a chance for founders, entrepreneurs and business leaders to interact with and listen to the perspectives of young Calgarians.”
The STAND program is a tuition-based stream, separate from their existing campus experience outside Calgary.