Our Community Education Unit is building a suite of programs to guide historically underrepresented students into CS and tech-related fields.
Digital Explorers is a two-part series that develops students’ curiosity and knowledge of technology and problem-solving real-world issues. Students will work with DPI staff, high school near peer mentors, and Wright College mentors; and develop skills in problem-solving and team building through human centered design thinking activities.
The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), Wilbur Wright College, and Google Chicago are joining forces to offer a new two-part Discover Computing program series to help 9th and 10th graders build interest and awareness in pursuing CS and tech-related fields of study.
Offered in partnership with UIC’s CHANCE Program, Digital Scholars is a five-week summer program for 11th and 12th graders, as well as incoming and current college students, to build computing skills, increase college and career-readiness, and make connections to Chicago’s dynamic tech community.
We know that this will require a systemic approach to talent development, with significant coordination across education providers and employers, and sustained multi-year investments. Today, we have many great programs and initiatives across Illinois and Chicago, but not a system that can deliver the scale and quality that is necessary. Sign up for our newsletter below.