‘I applaud them for investing’: Netflix bringing STEM bootcamp to Norfolk State University

The lessons will probably be obtainable without spending a dime to present Norfolk State college students and up to date alumni.

NORFOLK, Va. — For many years, Dr. Patricia Mead at Norfolk State University has seen an alarming development within the tech business. 

“The underrepresentation of minorities and other people of colour dates again to effectively prior to now,” stated Mead, a professor and chair with the college’s division of engineering. 

“When I was in high school, there was a big push: ‘We need to get people of color into STEM disciplines,'” she stated.

Now, streaming large Netflix is seeking to change that narrative, beginning with Norfolk State University. 

This upcoming spring, a brand new partnership between Netflix, Norfolk State and tech firm 2U will carry new programs to the college’s curriculum.

Three boot camps will probably be sponsored by Netflix: superior Java, Applied Data Science and UX/UI design. 

The three, 16-week programs will probably be free for NSU college students, and also will be open to current alumni. 

The applications can seat as much as 130 folks whole. It’s a approach to carry HBCU college students extra expertise with the tech and programming business.

“Current information says about 7 % of labor power in Silicon Valley is African-American, so we’re nonetheless underrepresented,” Mead stated. 

Mead additionally stated a number of Netflix staff will function instructors alongside Norfolk State college, and supply a first-hand have a look at the business (and a leg up within the job market).

“It’s simply the kind of program that I’ve been pondering, ‘You know, I wish there was more we could do between the two sectors…’ and this is a chance to really see it work,” Mead stated.


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