Technology camp at Blue Ridge Community College aimed at girls

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Weyers Cave, VA -- Valley students learned some important skills this week at Blue Ridge Community College. The goal was to spark their interest in a growing job field. Middle school-aged kids were being introduced to the world of technology.

There were three different areas they could focus on, including building computer parts, the fundamentals of robotics, and computer programming basics. Some of the classes were focused on women joining the technology field. Instructors said it's important to perk their interest early on with automation only expected to grow in the coming years.

"Careers in technology are so important to the youngsters in school right now. There's just a lot of opportunity out there in these areas," said Mark Fitzgerald, an electronic technology teacher at Blue Ridge. "Students coming out of school today will have an opportunity to help install, maintain, program and repair a wide variety of systems."