Starting in the summer of 2020, DPI partnered with UIC’s CHANCE program to create the Digital Scholars Academy to build a deeper and more diverse pool of homegrown students pursuing computer science degrees.
Digital Scholars is an intensive, five-week-long program (June 28-July 30, 2021) for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and incoming students attending UIC, or City Colleges.
The program is intentional about serving CPS and Chicago-area students, first-generation and students of color. The program is free. Support is also provided for those in need of a device for e-learning.
Students have the opportunity to take one of two college-level UIC computer science courses (CS 100: Discovering Computer Science & CS 111: Intro to Programming) and receive 3 college credit hours. New for 2021 is a course on Mobile App Development & Design.
Students make valuable connections to Chicago’s dynamic tech community with daily talks from tech entrepreneurs, technologists, and business and civic leaders.
Students participate in weekly workshops that dive into key topics such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, data science, and presentations from Chicago’s top tech incubators.
Beyond the college-level course, participating students get additional experiences to build essential skills such as communications, collaborating in teams, how to build their professional networks and other work-readiness skills.
We are expanding the program to provide programming in computer science, mobile app development, and data science. Learn more about the program requirements.
“I’m glad I was able to challenge my computer science skills and work with new people. Not only did they fill me sense of excitement heading towards my career path, but also made me more prepared for life after high school”