Google to Train Black Coders at Howard University West

Google announced Thursday it is opening “Howard West” on its campus in Mountain View, Calif., a Silicon Valley outpost for the historically black university where computer science majors can immerse themselves in coding instruction and tech culture at the one of the planet’s most famous companies.

30 juniors and seniors from Howard University will spend 12 weeks at Google over the summer, receiving instruction from senior Google engineers and University faculty while gaining course credit.

The program is part of Google’s effort to recruit more software engineers from HBCUs. This initiative is just one of the ways Google is addressing the severe shortage of African Americans on its payroll, particularly in technical roles, where they account for 1% of the workforce.

Google intends to partner with more HBCUs in the future. Bonita Stewart, Google’s vice president of global partnerships and Howard graduate, has been working with HU President Dr. Wayne Frederick to develop the framework.

“I would like to see more Howard students and ultimately historically black colleges and universities students and underrepresented minorities being hired in the tech industry and participating in more start-ups,” Frederick said. “Exposure to that environment early will pay dividends on the back end.”

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