NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy is expanding an after-school tech program for underprivileged teens as it hopes to create workers with the skills to serve increasingly savvy shoppers as well as groom future inventors who can help fill its stores with new gadgets.
The Minneapolis-based chain said Wednesday the number of teen tech centers will grow to 60 from 11 over the next three years. The centers, hosted by nonprofit organizations with strong financial support from Best Buy, offer teens a chance to explore technology such as robotics and 3-D printing.
The company is also creating post-high school mentorship programs that will serve 2,000 students per year in poorer neighborhoods. And Best Buy will expand its Geek Squad Academy summer camps for youths aged 10 to 18.