Nearly 30 young men of color from across the Pittsburgh area are learning new tech skills at two programs organized by All Star Code (ASC). The students are spending six weeks in classrooms at Chatham University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, learning skills that will position them for acceptance to college and ultimately for careers in the tech industry.
Support from AT&T helped ASC launch in Pittsburgh last year. AT&T contributed more than $100,000 this this year, enabling ASC to double the number of students served in the Pittsburgh area.
In addition to classroom training and other hands-on experiences, the students visit businesses in the area to learn more about the STEM and other skills that are necessary in today’s workplace. As part of this year’s program, on August 1, students will visit the AT&T SportsNet studio on the North Shore, getting a behind-the-scenes look at the studio and hearing from AT&T employees about their career journeys.
The students attend the following area high schools: City High Charter School, Propel Montour High School, Serra Catholic High School, Gateway High School, Steel Valley Senior High School, Nazareth College and Career Prep, Sto-Rox High School, Pittsburgh Brashear High School, Taylor Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh Online Academy, The Kiski School, Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy, Pittsburgh Milliones, University of Preparatory School, Plum High School and West Mifflin High School.
“We support programs that prepare people for careers in technology, media and telecommunications and help increase the number of students graduating from high school,” said Shawn McClintock, general manager, AT&T SportsNet in Pittsburgh. “We’re glad we could help ASC launch and expand in Pittsburgh, giving more area students a chance to learn new skills, and build personal and professional networks that will help them throughout their lives.”
AT&T’s support is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative to drive student success in school and beyond.
“AT&T’s commitment and support of All Star Code is generating incredible impact. As we reach the midpoint of our Summer Intensive, our students are diving into front end web development, building their personal brand, and celebrating failure as a cohesive unit,” said Danny Rojas, VP of Programs, ASC.
All Star Code is a non-profit initiative that prepares qualified young men of color for full-time employment in the technology industry by providing mentorship, industry exposure, and intensive training in computer science. All Star Code is dedicated to closing the opportunity gap between young men of color and the tech industry.
The All Star Code Summer Intensive has a proven record of success. According to an independent research firm, 70 percent of graduates of the program plan to major in computer science and three quarters say they decided to work harder in school after experiencing All Star Code. Research also shows that 100 percent of college-age alumni will attend four-year colleges – two-thirds of which will be Top 50 Universities in the United States – and roughly 40 percent will receive full scholarships to their school of choice.
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