St. Vrain Valley Innovation Center provides new opportunities for thousands of students

Remember being bored out of your mind in high school, wondering when you were ever going use the knowledge they were force feeding you. Well, those days are over for students in the St. Vrain Valley School District thanks to the new Innovation Center. 

With advanced classes and state-of-the-art classrooms, students at the Innovation Center can get hands-on experience in fields such as information technology, robotics, computer science, virtual reality, aeronautics, entrepreneurship, engineering, manufacturing, broadcasting and biomedical engineering. 

"Kids no longer need to just sit in rows and have us tell them what they need to learn because we adults really don't know," said Becky Peters, the Innovation Center's program manager. "These kids are far more capable than we often give them credit for so we let them go and let them guide it a little." 

After they complete a class, not only do students receive a professional certification and college credit, but the Innovation Center also will hire them to fulfill private contracts with businesses ranging from IBM and Apple to the Denver Zoo and Boulder County. 

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