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Liz Kiewiet was a junior at Paw Paw High School in southwest Michigan, “always interested in computers.”

But she said her high school had little to offer – she knew more than the teachers.

A friend suggested she tour the Van Buren Technology Center hub of Van Buren County’s vocational program. She wound up in a class with students who had created a network with six computers, enabling them all to play some silly motorcycle racing game.

That’s all it took.

“Once I saw I could do that, I got really jazzed about it,” Kiewiet recalled.

She enrolled in the center’s computer networking and systems administration programs her junior and senior year, where she studied with teachers with Microsoft certification and real-world knowledge.
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