The vision for Lindsborg to have a technology center shared by the school district and the community is taking shape. Vision_Tek, located at 121 S. Main in Lindsborg, hosted an open house Monday to show community patrons what all the excitement is about.


The vision for Lindsborg to have a technology center shared by the school district and the community is taking shape. Vision_Tek, located at 121 S. Main in Lindsborg, hosted an open house Monday to show community patrons what all the excitement is about.
Vision_Tek is a community technology center designed to give both USD 400 students and community members an opportunity to work with and learn new technologies.
Vision_Tek certainly has its share of computers - desktop computers are available, and more than 1,000 laptops are being sold to students, teachers and the public.
The center is much more than just a few rooms with computers, though. According to Vision_Tek Director Marla Elmquist, it houses both workshops that can teach any Lindsborg citizen to use a computer and a “virtual school” for the high school students.
The community room is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and welcomes people of any age.
“People come in and say, ‘I’ve never used a computer before. Do you think I could learn?’” Elmquist said.
A group of retired teachers has already made use of Vision_Tek. Elmquist said they wanted to learn how to use technology to download, alter and share their digital photos. After she taught them the concepts at Vision_Tek, Elmquist said they returned and told her they were very excited that they’d been able to apply the same concepts to their computers at home.
Through the virtual school, high school students work on computer projects and more. Students have used an unfinished room in the back to set up a green screen (the kind used on TV weather reports). The students have also used the room to work on “messy” projects, such as a robot and a hovercraft made from leaf blowers, which can transport one student at a time around the room.
In addition, the building has small rooms for students who need to spread out for various projects.
Vision_Tek’s leadership also combines students and community members, with a high school student board of directors, a team of USD 400 staff and a community advisory board (the latter is still in the development process). The community board will help connect business members with the student board to help inform students about technology needs in the community.
One person Lindsborg can thank for the addition to the community is Glen Suppes, superintendent of USD 400.
“He just has made that commitment to have the technology available to the students and the community,” Elmquist said. Suppes has supplied not only the impetus for the school district to become technologically advanced, but also the vision to increase community access to Vision_Tek.
As technology is constantly changing, Vision_Tek will also be making consistent updates. Elmquist said a long-term goal for the center is to expand beyond what they currently have.
“The next big thing for us [is to have] some programming classes,” Elmquist said. “I hope we’ll [eventually] be able to offer some sort of certification to our students.”