Partnering for Success celebrates new facility in Carbondale |

Partnering for Success celebrates new facility in Carbondale

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs High School freshmen Andrew Mansfield and Andrew Gauldin were guitar heroes Monday night at the open house for the new Partnering for Success Center at the newly renovated Carbondale Middle School in Carbondale.

The building also houses Computers 4 Kids (C4K), Bridges High School, the Roaring Fork School District’s information services and the Carbondale Family Resource Center.

But Monday night was all about PFS Center and its 7,000-square-foot $250,000 renovation.

The two Andrews broke in the game room playing the video game Guitar Hero on the Nintendo Wii game system in the PFS game room.

“We came tonight because some of our friends work here,” said Gauldin taking a break from shredding the plastic guitar.

“It seems like a good place to study, it’s calm,” added Mansfield. “But this place is pretty cool, too,” he said about the game room.

But the new facility isn’t all fun and games. As the two Andrews rocked out, parents, community members, RFSD teachers and administration enjoyed the rest of the PFS Center. The center is a full-service learning center, provided by the Computers for Kids Foundation, where adults and kids alike can come to utilize the technology that is available.

“The sky’s the limit,” said resident brain Daniel Pulver. Pulver is a junior at Roaring Fork High School and has been involved with PFS since the very beginning. He works at the PFS Center in the Brain Bar and is excited for the possibilities that the new facility offers.

“The Brain Bar is a place where anyone can come if they have a problem with their computer or something and we will help them out,” Pulver said.

Brains, like Pulver, will eventually be teaching small group classes about certain technology subjects or will be available for one-on-one tutoring.

“It’s really cool to see how fast it’s taken off,” Pulver said. “It wasn’t very long ago that this was just a twinkle in our eye, but it came together pretty fast.”

For C4K Executive Director Kirsten Petre McDaniel, Monday night was more than a dream come true, it was proof of how successful the program has been.

“Two years ago, I was down in Glenwood at the old wood shop cleaning the floors,” McDaniel said. “We had run out of money and it was not looking good for Computers for Kids, but we’ve come a long way in two years.”

C4K was a recipient of the Spencer and Julie Penrose Award for Outstanding Nonprofit in 2007. The award carried with it a $50,000 prize which helped with the renovations for the PFS Center.

Some of the features in the new PFS Center are Apple laptops for public use, iPods with educational content, formal and informal meeting spaces in the designated Chat and Conference areas, video conferencing and presentation capabilities, the Brain Bar for technology tutoring, small group technology training classes, a snack and beverage bar, and a 60-inch plasma flat screen TV and lounge area.

Businesses and individuals can use the conference room and the technology for business meetings or video conference by renting the space. A demonstration meeting was held Monday night, between someone at PFS and a former Carbondale resident who now lives in South Korea.

“Everything that is going on here is because of work that the students did,” McDaniel said. “There is a reason for everything in there. It’s been a lot of hard work, and it’s nice to see everyone enjoying it.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

The Partnering for Success Center is now open for business.

Hours of operation are: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday noon to 8 p.m., and closed on Sunday.

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