Former engineer teaches area youths the skills to program computers

Tekelia Kelly talks about her advanced teaching methods in the Highland Enrichment Learning Program.

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A former engineer and educator gets so passionate about the potential she sees in youth that she talks nearly non-stop about teaching them and pauses only when she gets so full of emotion that she cries.

"They are precious gifts," said Tekelia Kelly, owner and executive director of CHIPS, Computer Help and Instructional Programs for Students. "Each one has amazing potential in them that we've got to let out."

She opened CHIPS learning services in the Highland Enrichment Learning Programs building this month.