While Making Plans to Expand Programming, Austin-Area Nonprofit Code2College Sees First Program Alumni from Minority Groups Receive Full Time Positions in High-Demand Technical Roles at Austin-Area Tech Companies

The long-term vision of Code2College involves a 5-6 year timeline that begins with educating low-income and minority high schoolers in coding instruction and ends with their placement into full time STEM roles upon college graduation.

AUSTIN, TX – Code2College is pleased to announce that five Black and Latine Code2College alumni have accepted full time STEM roles in Austin’s ever-growing tech community. 

These Texas-based students first received coding instruction and professional development from Code2College and landed paid, technical internships as high schoolers at Austin-area Code2College program partners like Indeed and H-E-B Digital. These students, four of whom are girls, received return offers each summer during college, and now with college graduation on the horizon, these companies are converting their returning Code2College interns into full time employees, ranging from software development to cybersecurity.

Meanwhile, the economic impact of Code2College technical internships on the lives of high school students and the local community is growing exponentially. Since programming began in 2016, Code2College high school interns have collectively earned over $1.5 million; in summer 2022 alone, Code2College interns earned over $800,000. 

One Latine-identifying program participant who recently signed a full time software development job offer with Indeed remarked, “I probably would have been stocking shelves at a grocery store if it wasn’t for Code2College.”

Code2College has launched multiple initiatives to expand programming throughout Texas. By 2026, we aim to place 2000 more Texas high school students into paid technical internships at global tech companies, with the goal that many will convert into full time job offers in the following years.

About Code2College

The Code2College vision is to create a national network of diverse, homegrown technical talent, starting with the Central Texas region. Despite its regional reputation for innovation, there remains a shortage of skilled, local talent to fill a wide variety of technical roles to support the nearly 5,000 technology companies and research institutions in the Austin area.

Code2College provides students from historically underestimated backgrounds direct access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, companies and professionals, the opportunity to develop coding skills and build a robust technical portfolio and prepare them for entry into and excellence in the technical workforce. Code2College is the leading workforce development organization placing high school students into paid, technical roles nationally. 

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Lexy Brunnert
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Matt Stephenson
CEO & Co-Founder

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