August 25, 2000

South Bay Teens Learn to Set-up Shop on the Internet Superhighway

Thirteen teens learned a new language this summer and as a result they've landed jobs in today's hottest new job field -the Internet.

In just 90 hours' training, the 14 to 17-year olds mastered the basics of HTML code, the computer language used to design web pages. Training was offered by Comprehensive Training Systems, thanks to funding from the San Diego County Summer YouthForce Program.

Instructor Roz Taylor described the course as "very demanding." He adds, "Computer code is an unforgiving language. It doesn't let you get away with missing a symbol, tag or attribute." In addition to HTML, they learned File Transfer Protocol, the process of transferring data to a web host machine that is storing the pages and making them available online 24-hours a day.

Their websites include information about their hobbies, favorite music, movie stars and more. Juan Garcia's site includes a takeoff on Microsoft's waring boxes; Efren De La Rosa provides his take on how to impress women, and angelica Maldonado writes that her mom is "very nice. She does every thing for us...I think she's the best mother ever."

Their websites are viewable on the Internet at under the heading, "Summer Youth."

All 13 students are now working for Chula Vista firms as paid summer interns. De La Rosa is working as an internet specialist with Club Internet where he assists customers with Internet related questions; Moldonado and Garcia are building web pages for Web Station One.

San Diego Workforce Partnership sponsors Summer YouthForce, San Diego County's summer youth employment program. Comprehensive Training Systems coordinates the program in the South Bay.

CTS, founded in 1985, is a private non-profit, community-based organization providing employment and education services to San Diego County residents, with an emphasis on the South County and Mid-City areas. Services are offered at 497 11th Street in Imperial Beach and at 3180 University Avenue in San Diego.

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