Proximity Space, Montrose High School, and NuVista Federal Credit Union have teamed up this summer to provide the necessary equipment and creative work space for young entrepreneurs from Montrose High School. Josh Freed, Managing Partner of Abrams and co-founder of the Proximity Space coworking facility, collaborated with Kathy Gaber, the Computer Design teacher at Montrose High School (MHS). After being invited into each other’s class/work space they discovered that Gaber’s Advanced Class had a similar feel to Proximity Space, with students working independently on their own projects while still being in community with other students. “We thought it would be beneficial for both the students and the professionals (at Proximity Space) to see what each other does in the digital arena,” said Gaber. Freed and Gaber also realized that the top of the line Apple computers that MHS owns would be sitting unused during the summer, and they made an appeal to the school requesting a few of the computers be brought to Proximity Space for student use.
With financial assistance from NuVista, Proximity Space offered four scholarships to MHS students who wanted to further their creative and practical skills in their chosen areas of interest. Students competed for the scholarships throughout the school year, and those selected now have comprehensive memberships at Proximity Space. This meaning that each student was provided a school computer to work on and a dedicated desk membership to Proximity Space allowing them to work and learn whenever they would like for the duration of the summer.
Korey Hehn, Community Relations Specialist at NuVista, was extremely impressed by the student scholars. “These kids are so driven and smart. At NuVista we want to empower our citizens to make the community better, and this is just one more way we get to do that,” says Darbe. Claire Buetler, a 2016 from MHS and one of the scholarship recipients, will be working on building her graphic design portfolio over the summer and will be pursuing a degree in graphic design in the Fall. “I can’t wait to use the amazing facility and all the opportunities that it will create for me,” said Buetler, “it is an honor to be part of it.” The other recipients are Kaileigh Lyons: studying photography and graphic design; Michael Jones: studying graphic design; and Sigmund Lesniewski: studying game design and animation. The selected students will be working all summer and keeping track of their time and project in a blog.
Montrose High School junior, works independently on advanced photography and graphic design. She will continue her work in Illustrator and Photoshop through the summer and next school year. Kaileigh plans on continuing photography or design after high school so she will also use this opportunity to learn more about her post secondary options in her field of study.
High School senior, has been in the Advanced Computer Design class for five semesters and is a tutor for beginning design students. He primarily studies graphic design and will continue his work in Illustrator and Photoshop through the summer. Michael will work on his portfolio and complete an online IT course to prepare for his future entrance to a techinical school for either graphic design or computer support specialist.
Senior design student at Montrose High School, is planning to further her education by pursuing a degree in graphic design. Her love of design started at an early age inspired by her father who is a professional graphic artist. Throughout the summer Claire will work on improving in Computer Illustrations as well as learning from and making connections with local business owners and professionals.
Montrose High School Junior, is currently working on Animation and Game Design. Next school year he plans to be a member of the new Montrose High School Geek Squad, and will work on the maintenance and support for the new one-to-one district initiative. Over the next few years Sigmund plans to develop his skills so that he can enter the professional world of animation and game design.