OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Intel has pledged $5 million over the next five years to create a pilot project Oakland schools that will produce hundreds of computer scientists.
The Santa Clara-based company will work with students at Oakland Tech and McClymonds, providing computers, developing curriculum, and training teachers.READ MORE: Posey, Bryant Lead Giants Past Padres, Increase NL West Lead To 2 Games
The program aims to send 600 graduates on to college computer science engineering programs. These ‘Intel Scholars’ will get scholarships, and eventual internships and jobs at Intel.READ MORE: UPDATE: Cal Fire Crews Reach 80% Containment on Fremont Fire Near Napa-Sonoma County Line
“We want parents to know: if you encourage kids going into this field, there is a job waiting for them,” Intel’s chief diversity officer Rosalind Hudnell told USA Today.
Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich said the company has wanted to do something in K-12 education targeting underrepresented minorities. “We thought we should start in our own backyard.”MORE NEWS: San Jose Leaders Announce Plan To Cut Homelessness With Emergency Housing, Jobs
If successful, the program could become model for other schools and tech companies around the nation.