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CPS TechCrew

What is it?
TechCrew is designed to enrich students’ educational experience and job readiness skills. This is accomplished by providing students with a TechCrew coordinator and the training and framework necessary to carry out basic computer problem resolution within the confines of their school.

What is the turnaround time? Are there any other parameters?
TechCrew requires principals or technology coordinators to participate in an information session. If the school decides to participate, the designated TechCrew coordinator(s) must also participate in a training session. Upon completion of the training session and recruitment of student participants, TechCrew will be operational.

How do I request service?
To request information about TechCrew or to register for an information session, contact Victor Herrera at

What is the cost?
No, there is no cost for this service. However, the school is responsible for the TechCrew coordinator stipend.

What curriculum do the students use ? How do I recruit students?

TechCrew Impact

TechCrew Inspires: “The experience you gain from being part of TechCrew is immeasurable. TechCrew helped me to find my passion for technology.
-Gabino Noriega, Former TechCrew Participant

TechCrew Helps Educators: “TechCrew helps out students academically and has allowed students to assume leadership roles and to gain confidence through their experience.
-Brian Surina, TechCrew Coordinator, Phoenix Military Academy

TechCrew Saves Money: “TechCrew is a positive experience for the school and the students because the students achieve the skills necessary to perform in this field while the school is able to allocate funding to other educational programs.
-Joellen-Zielazinski, Budget Manager, Kelly High School

TechCrew Increases Attendance: “We recognize that student attendance and graduation are increasingly important issues facing public schools. We are looking to target specific schools as we have seen TechCrew have a positive impact in these areas.
-Victor Herrera, Student Technology Services Manger

TechCrew Improves Performance: “Twenty-first century technology is a shopisticted, cutting edge, and ever changing industry. We want our students to be at the forefront of that industry, and TechCrew is a good place for them to start.
-Arshele C. Stevens, Chief Information Officer

TechCrew Spotlight

2009 Best Buy/TechCrew Geek Squad Summer Academy

Preparing Students for a 21st Century Workforce

When and Where:
July 27 – 31, 2009

William Jones College Preparatory High School
600 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605

How is the week organized:
Monday: Orientation Day, Participating students and their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) must attend from 9:00AM – 12:00PM.

Tues – Thur: Each day, students take four hands-on technology classes and participate on fun-filled technology-based games and activities from 9:00AM – 5:00PM.

Friday: Closing Ceremony from 9:00AM – 12:00PM.

Who can attend:
Participants are students entering grades 6th through 12th in CPS TechCrew schools (This includes current TechKnow schools). Space is limited to 120 students.

Session Information:
PC Build: PC Build teaches the basic fundamentals of this essential technology. Junior Agents will build a computer from scratch and learn some vital troubleshooting tips! Junior Agents will also have an opportunity to compete in the coveted PC Build relay race!

Web Wizards: Junior Agents will create their own website through Junior Agent Website, J.A.Ws. Geek Squad Summer Academy securely hosts J.A.Ws and encourages the Junior Agents to create a totally unique webspace for themselves. They will also learn the basics of how to use different web technologies with an emphasis on internet security, safety and ethics.

Green Technology: Technology not only makes our lives easier, it helps us live smarter with less impact on the environment. Students will explore what technologies are helping us live greener lives through this class.

Communications: This class will be assisted by Geek Squad Agents from around the world who will ‘remote’ in and show Junior Agents the difference in active and passive communication. Junior agents will also learn how to safely communicate with friends and family in other parts of the world using the internet.

Games and Activities Include: Battle of The Bands™ (Rock band™); Wii Olympics™; Jewelry Making (from computer parts); Dance Off™ (Dance Revolution™).

Geek Squad Summer Academy

"Geek Squad"

Paula Gómez, Univision Television Group

CHICAGO, Hay un curso en las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago que convierte a los estudiantes en expertos en tecnología. Los agentes del Geek Squad se auto describen como “un escuadrón de gente medio excéntrica”. Ellos se dedican a arreglar computadoras y cualquier aparato electrónico. ¿Qué tienen que ver estos expertos con la educación? Ellos son los maestros que se dedican a impartir un curso especial de verano sobre tecnología en las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago (CPS) llamado Geek Squad Summer Academy. El enfoque del programa es despertar entre los jóvenes la pasión por la tecnología con la esperanza de que muchos escojan incursionar en una carrera en este campo. El curso dura tan sólo una semana pero eso es tiempo suficiente, según los organizadores, para enseñarle a los jóvenes cómo armar y desarmar una computadora. Los estudiantes también aprenden cómo crear sus propias páginas en la Internet y aprenden entre otras lecciones a proteger sus datos personales al usar la tecnología. El cupo para participar en el programa actualmente es limitado pero representantes de CPS esperan expandirlo con el tiempo. Si deseas más información sobre Geek Squad Summer Academy puedes visitar la página de Internet