Our Work

The Problem & Our Solution

Underrepresented groups who initially declare a STEM field when entering college, exit those fields in droves (either by switching to a non-STEM major or dropping out of college altogether)

and even fewer enter the technical workforce.

Our belief is that through our approach to Education, Exposure and Experience, we can enhance student preparation for rigorous, technical careers and mitigate some of the key factors around STEM attrition.

Equip students with the technical and professional skills they need to be marketable and competitive in the current labor market.
How would a student know if they wanted to pursue a career in biomedical engineering or data science if they had never been exposed to those fields, let alone interacted with a professional in an aligned role? We partner with companies to introduce students to professionals from a variety of STEM fields, from software engineers to institutional asset managers
At the close of the program year, qualifying students are placed into paid, summer internships or consultancies. This practical experience serves as the culmination of a year’s worth of professional skill development and an opportunity for students to gain valuable career preparation and summer income.

Program Model:

The Code2College program model encompasses four components:

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    After-school Coding Sessions

    Program participants attend hour-long coding instruction sessions two times per week, after school and throughout the school year. The Year 1 Code2College curriculum focuses on front-end web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript). The Year 2 Code2College curriculum will focus on Python and incorporate some aspects of SQL.

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    Technical Portfolio Development

    During nearly every after-school coding session, students save their projects on their public GitHub accounts. Technical projects not only allow students to further develop their newly acquired skills and put them into practice, but also provide a demonstration of content mastery to both prospective colleges and employers.

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    Monthly Professional Development Sessions

    Monthly, program participants spend several hours on a Saturday meeting with STEM industry professionals, as well as Code2College staff and volunteers developing their professional skills. In addition, students participate in a variety of industry exploratory activities with corporate employees. Prior activities have included a mock portfolio management challenge and a mobile app design competition.

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    Summer Internship/Consultancy

    The culmination of the Code2College program year is the paid, project-based internship or consultancy which occurs during the summer following the school-year programming. Students work either on-site with an internship host or off-site on a consultancy project for a business client.