October 13, 2011: Our Community School (OCS), a K-8 charter school in Chatsworth has partnered with a Chatsworth computer manufacture and support company, The MSM Technology Group, to launch an innovative program. Engineers from MSM are donating their time to teach a hands-on class in which 20 students in the OCS seventh grade will learn how to build computers. These computers will then be installed in the new OCS computer lab. Classes are every Tuesday afternoon through early November. The computer lab will be open November 7 for the whole school to enjoy.
"We are excited to be offering this high level engineering and technology class in a small school setting," says Principal Chris Ferris. "MSM came to us with the idea when we were looking to purchase computers for the school's computer lab. It was a natural fit for our school's focus on hands-on projects and student empowerment. This kind of partnership is an example of the flexibility charter schools have in their curriculum."
Mitchell Marcus, the founder of The MSM Technology Group, has many years of experience working with children through his years as a coach and parent volunteer with the Chatsworth AYSO. For Mr. Marcus, teaching the students at OCS is a great opportunity for his company to offer this service to the Chatsworth community.
"This class is a great example of what can happen in education when local businesses take the time to get involved in the schools in their community," says OCS Board Chair Jana Harper. "We so appreciate MSM Technology's generosity and also their forward thinking. They are working to ensure the next generation of engineers can be from our own community."
Our Community School (OCS) is a public San Fernando Valley charter school. Situated on a beautiful campus in Chatsworth, California, the school serves elementary (K-6) students. OCS will be adding grades 7 and 8 in the 2011 and 2012 school years.
OCS students receive more individual attention in small classes and are inspired and taught an innovative standards aligned curriculum by excellent state credentialed teachers. This San Fernando Valley school is also proud to announce that the school exceeded the district averages with their Academic Performance Index (API) score of 852 for the 2010/2011 school year. For more information, visit www.ourcommunityschool.org/.