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Tech-Now camp offers STEM skills to students

A group of Lawton students learned new technical skills that will make them better prepared for life after the classroom during a three-day summer camp at the Great Plains Technology Center.

Rick DeRennaux, owner of Tech-Now Inc., spent the camp with a small group of students, teaching them the basics of everything from technology to engineering. Each camp student is faced with a disability of some sort, but DeRennaux said part of the camp is dedicated to helping them move beyond that in order to learn the building blocks of skills that will help them in the future.

"This camp is all about learning tech skills and learning what you want to do past high school," he said. "We help them to learn a set of tools and that helps them get a job."

The camp started Monday with the students learning basics of graphic design on a computer. They learned how to design and format graphics that can be used to make posters and buttons and even soapbox cars. It was basic, but it set the foundation for what would come later in the camp.

"First you have a tool and then you learn the skills and vocabulary to use that tool and then we move on from there," DeRennaux said. "The skill is transferable and that makes you more marketable."

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