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GENERAL
Our Mission.

To bridge socio-economic gaps in the area of computer literacy.

What are the program objectives?

Youth Program

This program introduces K – 12 students to the many, unique computer career paths available. The project based curriculum is designed to assist students with identifying their passions, obtaining professional exposure, and building portfolios of work to present to prospective colleges, employers and clients upon high school graduation.

Adult Program

The objective of this program is to equip students with a solid foundation in information technology so that may immediately pursuit employment opportunities upon completion of the course. Seasoned technology professional impart real-world guidance and practices on how to establish a boundless career in Information Technology.

How long are the courses?

Youth Program

In-class programs: this curriculum is delivered within the regularly scheduled class time for the entire school year.

After-school programs: The first hour of the after-school program consist of instruction on new or review of previously covered material for Bit level students; the last hour of class is used to introduce new material to Nibble level students.

Adult Program

This program consists of four weeks of four hours per day, four days per week classes (64 hours total)

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM
When does the program start?

November 8th, 2021.

What age groups are eligible to participate?

Students from 8 to 18.

When and where do students meet?

Once you register, you receive an email about meeting times and location based on the information submitted.

Generally, participants meet at the following time based on their age group:

Ages 8-13 Monday – Thursday 4 – 5:30 PM
Ages 13-18 Monday – Thursday 6 – 7:30 PM

NOTE: This is the typical schedule – the final schedule and meeting location for your student(s) will be emailed once the registration is complete.

Initially, each track will be scheduled to meet two times per week; as the program expands, we plan to gradually offer additional days. Should staffing or unforeseen circumstances require a session to be canceled, the participant’s guardian will be notified via text and/or e-mail as soon as possible. Up to two “make-up” sessions will be offered for the aforementioned cancellations.

What's the difference between our program and similar STEM clubs?
  • Tech & People Skills

Possessing tech skills is an amazing asset, but the number one skill in any profession is the ability to connect and communicate with others – in fact, communication is often the number one skill desired by employers.

  • Low-Level, Comprehensive Training

Many programs use pre-packaged kits to introduce students to technology – thus hiding a lot of intricate details and learning opportunities.
From assembling computers to building electrical circuits, our program exposes participants to all parts of a solution, thus providing an infinitely scalable understanding.

  • Entrepreneur & Team Focused

Our program focuses on producing future employers, not just employees. In addition to the in-demand, technical skills – students are imparted with universal life and corporate skills.

  • Student Led. Professional Supervised.

Like any skill, the more you practice leadership – the better you get at it.
When available, our programs are led by junior mentors from local school districts and supervised by professionals; this experience looks great on our mentor’s college applications and helps our younger students better relate to their instructors.

My students already attends a school providing TechnoFro STEM training, how does the afterschool program differ?

Whereas the TechnoFro in-class content is designed to meet the academic requirements of a particular school or governing agency, our after-school program provides students with the opportunity to work various projects allowing them to achieve both an practical and applicable understanding of the chosen subject.

Furthermore, the after-school program provides tools, equipment, and creations that the students will be able to own and take home.

What is your disciplinary policy?

Every students deserves a safe, supportive, and orderly environment in which to learn.

Each time a student is disruptive or disrespectful, the guardian will be notified promptly. After the THIRD incident, the student will be removed from the program and any prepaid tuition for that month will be forfeit.

What are your COVID-19 policies?

Participants will adhere to the COVID-19 policies of the hosting facility.

Should the hosting facility be closed due to COVID-19 concerns, students enrolled in the DESIGN and CODE tracks will be able to continue their sessions remotely via web conference; students in the BUILD track will refunded for the months that they’re not able to attend.

What student transportation options are available?

Unless alternate arrangement are explicitly discussed, the guardian – or guardian authorized individual – will be responsible for transporting the participant(s) to and from the location of the after-school program.

When is tuition due?

The initial payment is due the day of the first meeting.

Subsequent monthly payments are due before the first of each month.

Please make checks payable to DataScrapers, LLC.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us by clicking here.
EQUIPMENT
Do participants own the computers provided by the program?

Once an institution has participated in the TechnoFro program for a full semester of the current school year, the school assumes full ownership of the provided equipment.

 

Where are classes held?
Classes are presented at various locations. Upon registering (click here if you’ve yet to register)
INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT PROGRAM
What is TechnoFro's "Independent Consultant" Program?

As with any skills, only through repetition can one become a proficient technology engineer. TechnoFro’s Independent Consultant program encourages former students to pursuit their entrepreneurial ambitions and establish their own clientele – while having the benefit of leveraging TechnoFro’s infrastructure and personnel assets should they encounter an issue outside of their current level of expertise.

 

Is this program currently available?

No. This program is slotted to begin later in 2020. Students will be contacted once it has commenced.

Which TechnoFro resources are available to participants of this program?

TECHNICAL ESCALATION

Growth requires stepping outside of ones comfort zone. Should a participant encounter a client issue that they cannot solve, TechnoFro mentors will work with program participants  to resolve their client’s issue. This service allows the participant to select how transparent their TechnoFro assistant is to their client while working the issue.

INFRASTRUCTURE RESOURCES

Building clientele takes time and dedication, but once established – providers quickly discover how fast tracking client issues, equipment, and paperwork becomes overwhelming. From service agreements to issue tracking, TechnoFro allows program participants to leverage our established systems so that they can focus on their clients and skill set.

PAYMENT PROCESSING

Participants are able to tender credit card transactions for their clients through TechnoFro’s online portal at no extra cost.

What's the cost to participate in this program?

TechnoFro collects 20% of each transactions solved with the assistance of their personnel and/or infrastructure.

Do I have to route all of my clients' requests through TechnoFro while participating with this program?

No. The intent of this program is to allow the student to establish their own clientele – while using TechnoFro as a ‘safety net’ ; we strongly encourage participants to utilize our services only when they encounter a technical issue with one of their clients that they cannot solve. 

For Example: Shonna completed TechnoFro’s Adult program last month and is excited to start repairing computers for the company she owns. Shonna carries two sets of business cards: one branded with her company and her title as owner, and – the other, a TechnoFro branded business card which lists Shonna as an Independent Consultant. Shonna is free to engage with her clients using whichever card she wants.

Given the above example, some students may choose to engage clients as Independent Consultants of TechnoFro for the first few months after completing our course – until they’re confident in their ability; whereas other participants may choose between which card to give out – depending on their familiarity of the issue at-hand, on a case-by-case scenario. 

As part of this program, am I limited to types of technical issues I can pursuit?

Yes. To ensure that TechnoFro has mentors qualified to address the client issues that participants may escalate, participants are provided with a list of issues with which TechnoFro mentors can assist. Participants are welcome to take-on any issue they wish, as long as they understand that they will be solely responsible for any issues not listed as supported by TechnoFro. (The list of accepted issues will be posted shortly) 

CURRICULUM
What's the difference between the in-class and after-school curriculum?

The in-class curriculum is designed to meet the governing education board requirements for the participating institution – which typically requires graded assignment and assessments.

The focus of the after-school program is to provide students with a supportive environment in which they discover, create, collaborate, and master a wide range of technology disciplines.

What tools and technologies are covered?

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Operating Systems
  • Linux
  • Mac OS X
  • Apple iOS
  • Windows
  • Android
Programming Languages
  • Bash Scripting
  • C
  • C++
  • C#
  • JavaScript
  • HTML
  • Python
  • Swift
  • Java
  • Kotlin
Hardware
  • PC Laptop/Desktops
  • Mac Laptop/Desktop
  • Android Mobile Devices
  • Apple Mobile Devices
Technologies
  • Digital Artwork
  • 3-D Design/Printing
  • Digital Electronics
  • Drone/Robotics
  • Virtual Reality

 

YOUTH PROGRAM
How do students promote between the youth levels?
Bit level students are promoted to Nibble level once they have exhibited a solid comprehension of the following:

  • Logical Problem Solving
  • Logical Concepts
  • Teamwork
  • Computer Parts
  • Computer Operation

Nibble level students are promoted to Byte level once they shown the ability to construct solutions and resolve issues using:

  • Logic
  • Leadership ability
  • Various computer operating system tools
  • Various computer programming languages
  • Electronic theory
ADULT PROGRAM
What kind of placement services does TechnoFro provide for students that complete the course?

TechnoFro’s priority for our adult students is to provide them with in-demand technical skills; to this end, we work diligently with both our business partners and local employers to secure positions for those that complete our program. Furthermore, we invite all students that have successfully completed our program to join our Independent Consultant program for continued mentoring and placement opportunities.

SCHOOL BREAK PROGRAM
Why Linux?

From the smart TV in your bedroom to the iPhone in your pocket, parts of Linux are virtually everywhere; yet very few experience its power before entering the work force. As cloud computing continues to balloon in both prevalence and scale, employers are increasingly looking for employees possessing Linux skills along side traditional Windows abilities.

How will the open-source tools (such as InkScape) help students be prepared for using proprietory applications such as Adobe Illustrator?

The key to learning is mastering the concepts of a discipline, after which, varying techniques – such as those employed in different programs – are quickly attained. Open-source apps excel in their affordability and limitless customization – but usually lack the ease of their proprietary counterparts; thus once an individual knows how to execute a task using open-source software, the learning curve for that vary task using a proprietary alternative is nominal.

Open-source is the heart of innovation. It’s a community of passion-driven experts sharing contributions to collaboratively create the best product possible. Early exposure to the open-source ideology endows future engineers with boundless resources.

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OUTREACH: TEACH & REACH
What's covered?

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTRODUCTION

  • What is Information Technology (IT)?
  • IT Careers

COMPUTER ENGINEERING

  • Computing History
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Computer Hardware
  • Personal Computer Systems
  • Computer Networks

INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS

  • Internet Functionality
  • Enterprise Computer Systems
  • Corporate Systems Architecture
  • Virtualization
  • Cloud Computing

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

  • Programming Concepts
  • Programming Languages
  • Programming Tools

 

Where is the training held?

Be it the program focuses on servicing the local community, classes are held on-premises at participating schools.

On-site computer systems are used in a non-invasive (without configuration changes) manner.

How are students selected for the program?

Teachers and counselors nominate at-risk students they feel would benefit from this program.

This program specifically targets youth with decision making challenges.

What professional and soft-skills are covered in the course?

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

  • Resume writing
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Strategic Positioning

SOFT-SKILLS

  • Handling Frustration Constructively
  • Interpersonal Conflict
  • Accountability, Cohesion, & Efficacy

 

Pricing
Curriculum & Support (Monthly Subscription)

Multiple subscription options ensure that institutions regardless of their resources have access, and support, for curriculum based on current industry practices and technologies.

In-Class, K – 12 Youth Subscription

 

$1000

  • In-class Curriculum
  • Curriculum Support
  • Updates

$1500

  • In-class Curriculum
  • Curriculum Support
  • Updates
  • 2 On-site visits (per month)
  • 12 Computer Systems Provided

$2500

  • In-class Curriculum
  • Curriculum Support
  • Updates
  • 4 On-site visits (per month)
  • 20 Computer Systems Provided
  • After-School Curriculum Included
Curriculum Only

$10,000.00 (per track)

Full Year Package

(Implementation Support Included)

TECHUPS

$500 per session

*Individual Scholarships Available

School Break

Pricing
$500 per week (1 to 20 students)
$625 per week (20 to 30 students)
Additional $25 for each student after 30

 

*Individual Scholarships Available

YPO Teach & Reach/Adult Programs

$5100.00 for 60 hour training session (field trip expenses, equipment, and tools included)