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.
The Code2College program model encompasses four components:
After-school Coding Sessions
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.
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.
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.