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Our last Computer Explorers franchisee video entries came from  Rebecca Parrent  from Colorado and Joy Watson from North Carolina! The winner of our first ever Computer Explorers franchisee contest will win two iPads!

Rebecca Parrent from Colorado

Rebecca Parrent  has been a Computer Explorers Owner/Director in Colorado since 2004.  She has worked in Information Technology since 1984, specializing in user support, custom applications design, curriculum development, adult professional development education for businesses and individuals, and students’ innovative technology education throughout the metro Denver area.    Rebecca participates in many community youth and technology outreach programs including Colorado FIRST LEGO League since 2005, the Colorado University of Denver’s STEM-a palooza since 2009, the Arvada Harvest Festival, National Guard Family & Youth programs, and offers many after school and summer programs throughout the metro Denver and surrounding suburbs. Rebecca says, “we are excited to be inspiring and bringing up the next generation of scientists, engineers, programmers and innovators by working with unique programs in the schools and communities.”

Her video entries feature students from Broomfield Community Center and Duncan Family YMCA working with robotics and engineering.

Good luck Rebecca!

Joy Watson from North Carolina

Joy Watson has owned a Computer Explorers  franchise since August of 2007 in Cary, North Carolina. She enjoys the hands-on approach to Computer Explorers classes and wants to make sure every Computer Explorers  participant learns while having fun! Joy came to the Computer Explorers franchise after 10 years as a marketing communications manager with a global corporation. Before that she worked for the beef industry and in public health, both involving educational components. Wanting to be more connected with her community and pursue a career that she truly loved, Joy left the corporate world and purchased a CE franchise. Joy lives in Four Oaks, NC and when she is not working she enjoys golf, reading, gardening and travel.

Her video entry highlights students from Cary Academy’s Summer Quest Camp using Marvelous Motorized Machines with LEGOs and Treasure Hunting with GPS.

Good luck Joy!

Rebecca Parrent with Mitch Resnick, MIT

Recent press release  -Congratulations to COMPUTER EXPLORERS Franchisee of the Month of July

COMPUTER EXPLORERS (CE), an international company dedicated to children’s technology education, recently named Rebecca Parrent of Arvada, CO “Business Owner of the Month.” Parrent, one of nearly 100 CE business owners in the US and abroad, has been a CE owner for six years.

“Rebecca makes a difference every week in her community by facilitating developmentally-appropriate children’s technology learning experiences and by helping schools to integrate technology effectively,” said Deb Evans, President and CEO of COMPUTER EXPLORERS.

Parrent has been delivering instruction via uniquely training technology teachers in preschools, elementary schools and community sites in Denver. “I believe that computers and technology peripherals should be used as learning tools,” said Parrent. “Technology skills are fundamental in ensuring children’s future success; the employment of active discovery learning in the COMPUTER EXPLORERS program is an exciting way to build enthusiasm for using technology in creative ways.”

Ross Parrent presenting to franchisees

Parrent owns the business with her husband, Ross. As well as providing COMPUTER EXPLORERS’ innovative technology classes around the Denver area, they are also active in the area’s First LEGO League. “Rebecca is passionate about education in general and CE in particular. She implements fresh ideas and innovative practices sharing her expertise generously with fellow franchisees” said Evans.

For more information and to view videos of the programs offered by Parrent visit http://cedenver.blogspot.com