Instead of turning to costly vendors or overloading district support staff, Twin Rivers brought in high school interns to help prepare the technology-focused junior high, which is fitted with computers at all 32 student desks in all 35 classrooms.
And the results have district staff and the teens smiling about the partnership.
What? They used non-union workers? And they only paid $8/hr, not the "living wage" of $10/hr?
And yet both sides are happy with the arrangement. Good for them!
Snark aside, my own alma mater is mentioned in the article:
The idea stems from a pilot program at Foothill High School. Last spring, Foothill started MOUSE Squad of California, a student-run IT help desk that offers the district computer support while training students.This strikes me as an exceptionally smart thing for schools to do.
This fall, Foothill plans to build on the MOUSE Squad, which comes with its own curriculum. After further training, Foothill hopes to offer community members computer repair services and also will accept e-waste for recycling.