Featured Image Credit: Howard University/2015 Commencement
About 30 juniors and seniors from Howard University will get the opportunity to participate in a 12-week coding residency program at Google in California this summer.
Google is aiming to improve its diversity — in a partnership with the HBCU, it will open “Howard West” on its campus in Mountain View, California.
As noted by USA Today, students will be taught by Google engineers and Howard faculty in credit-eligible courses.
Bonita Stewart, a Howard alumna and Google’s Vice President of Global Partnerships, wrote about the steps being made by Google to not only train but hire more black computer science majors:
“’Howard West’ is now the centerpiece of Google’s effort to recruit more Black software engineers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities [known as HBCUs]—and to make them feel right at home here in Mountain View,” Stewart wrote in a statement.
According to its statistics, Black employees in Google’s tech force make up only 1%.
Stewart also said: “I would like to see more Howard students and ultimately historically black colleges’ and universities’ students and underrepresented minorities being hired in the tech industry and participating in more start-ups. Exposure to that environment early will pay dividends on the back end.”
The Howard West program is part of the Google in Residence program, which links Google engineers with students at Howard University, HBCU’s and other universities to expand their skills and education.