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East L.A. middle school boys headed to tech & science boot camp at Cal State L.A.

oseph Garcia from Griffith Middle School is one of the students who will be taking part in the Verizon Innovative Learning program at Cal State LA.

Joseph Garcia from Griffith Middle School  | J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA

EL SERENO — Middle school boys from across East Los Angeles will be headed to Cal State L.A. during the summer to learn about coding, 3-D printing, robotics and entrepreneurship as part of a program to interest minority students in technology, science and related subjects.

The university will received a $400,000 grant to offer the intensive summer courses followed by monthly mentoring and training sessions under under Verizon Innovative Learning. The program is designed to diversify the pool of students involved in science, technology, engineering, and math — or STEM — education and prepare them for jobs in the digital economy.

Students in sixth and seventh grades from five middle schools: Belvedere, Brooklyn Avenue-SPAN, Griffith, Hollenbeck, and Stevenson.

“Through this program students will learn that they can become creators of technology,” said Jose A. Gomez, executive vice president for Cal State LA. “One of these kids is the next Bill Gates, or Jeff Bezos, or Steve Jobs.”

The middle school students who satisfactorily complete the program are eligible to receive a free computer tablet from Cal State LA. They are also eligible to receive college course credit, and an opportunity to sign up for an apprenticeship certificate program to create computer applications.

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4 comments

  1. Why just boys?

  2. Excellent question!

  3. ““Through this program students will learn that they can become creators of technology,” said Jose A. Gomez, executive vice president for Cal State LA. “One of these kids is the next Bill Gates, or Jeff Bezos, or Steve Jobs.”

    If only boys are attending, what they are learning is that only boys can become creators of technology. What is the full criteria for entry into this program?

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