Best Buy has recently partnered with the Pittsburgh-based non-profit PHASE 4 Learning Center to transform the current PHASE 4 Clubhouse into a Best Buy Teen Tech Center.
The only Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Pennsylvania will be located in Pittsburgh’s developing East Liberty/Shadyside area on Centre Avenue and is slated for a soft-opening in mid-January 2018. Housing state-of-the-art technology, Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are free after-school programs where teens can play, discover and learn about a variety of topics including graphic design, digital photography, audio and video production, game and app development, film-making and much more. Teens can also attend workshops led by Geek Squad Agents and other experts in technology, giving teens the opportunity to express themselves in an online global environment. The current 16 nationwide teen tech centers continue to lead the way when it comes to helping teens develop 21st century skills by giving them access to technology in a hands-on environment.
This unique partnership will allow youth the opportunity for technical training and technological fluency along with workforce readiness for today’s job markets in the leading Pittsburgh region.
Currently, PHASE 4 operates the only Pennsylvania chapter of the Boston Museum of Science and Technology Clubhouse which is part of a worldwide effort to connect young people from undeserved neighborhoods to the latest technological tools. As Pennsylvania’s first and only licensed affiliate of the Clubhouse Network, the Clubhouse joins over 90 other clubhouses in 20 countries. The new partnership with Best Buy and the current one with the Boston Museum of Science and Technology will merge the best of both programs resulting in endless technology and career exploration programs unlike no other in Pennsylvania.
In a world where technology and media continues to be increasingly ingrained in everyday life interactions and career choices, it’s critical to prepare students for future career success. The ultimate result: our youth, communities, and region will continue to strengthen Pittsburgh’s leading and cutting edge in technology and the workforce.
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