Open Sourcing Our Women in Tech High School Trainee Program


2017 Trainees survive a Murder Mystery lunch together

 

The results of this program speak for themselves. Even this year, as we incorporated students who expressed less up-front interest in or exposure to technology, we continued to exceed our goals.

2015-2017 Trainee Program Outcomes (27 trainees over three cohorts):

Plans to study STEM in an undergraduate program:

  • After completing the program, 96% of students report they would “definitely” or “most likely” study a STEM subject in university.

Plans to study Computer Science or Information Science in an undergraduate program:

New Metric for 2017 and Beyond:

Confidence in plans to study STEM:

Open sourcing the program

Given the success we’ve seen over the years with this trainee program, we wanted to make it easy for other companies to adopt similar initiatives as well. The open source materials are now available on GitHub to help distribute our learnings and make this a reality. It’s our hope that in 2018 and beyond, other companies will join us in bringing this opportunity to high school students. To help make a career in technology available to everyone, we believe it’s important that students can see a real path forward for themselves in STEM fields from an early age. As active technologists, we are uniquely positioned to engage and encourage students around these subjects, and to help open the world of computer science and similar fields to them.

Acknowledgements

Huge thanks to Teresa Leija from our Campus team, who ran logistics. Thank you Kacey Mack, who took the lead for Summer Events; Tiffany Saelinh, Crystal Chen, and Nicole Ng, who developed the curriculum; Shalini Agarwal, who is helping roadshow the open source project; and finally thank you to the mentors who worked tirelessly with the trainees each day, the task force that helped us get things done, and the teachers who partnered with us to make the program a success.



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