Computer Explorers, the leading technology education franchise in the US, is a low cost children’s franchise that helps students learn tech skills through fun and engaging programs like digital movie making, video game animation, and LEGO robotics, all overseen by franchisees with passion and experience.
Computer Explorers was the original computer education franchise for children. Today, they teach over 33,000 kids a week in childcare centers, elementary schools, summer camps, rec centers, and after care programs. They’ve done an excellent job of staying well ahead of the curve, developing a curriculum that helps teachers take advantage of the switch to iPads, wireless-enabled devices, and flipped classrooms. (To learn more about flipped classrooms, check out the cool infographic below from Knewton.com)
Franchises related to child services are growing at a healthy pace this year, driven by an education system that is struggling to increase test scores and proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and math. With job opportunities in these fields expected to explode in the coming years, demand for education services that emphasize technology is at an all-time high.
Carol Hadley, the newly-appointed CEO of Computer Explorers, replaces Deb Evans, the former well-known and much loved president who left to start a franchise operations consulting business with Joe Mathews, author of Street Smart Franchising and co-author of Franchise Sales Tipping Point.
Carol is an experienced business leader with a history of driving sales results. She was most recently with Houston-based Graco Awards, a premier manufacturer of military medals such as the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart. While at Graco, Carol helped start a sister company and was responsible for tripling revenue within one year.
Carol was hired by ICED, the parent company that also owns a few printing franchise systems: Kwik Kopy, Franklin Printing, and Kwik Kopy Business Centers.
“Education technology is at its most pivotal point in the past twenty-five years,” says Carol. “As classroom technology advances, Computer Explorers is positioned to offer solutions for teachers and to help an entire generation of students harness the power technology offers. It’s a great time for Computer Explorers and we are the right company at the right time…possibly the best time in our 27 year history!