National Society of Black Engineers Partners with Google to Launch ‘Code Success @ NSBE’ Program

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The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Google to launch the 'Code Success @ NSBE' program, an initiative committed to increasing the number of black professionals in the field of computer science. The year-round engagement provides NSBE collegiate members interested in computer science, technology, software engineering and web design with opportunities to further their interest in computer science (CS), by enhancing their knowledge and skills.

“This program shows what can happen when private industry and the nonprofit sector work together toward mutual goals,” says NSBE National Chair Matthew Nelson.

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has partnered with Google.org to launch the Code Success @ NSBE program, an initiative committed to increasing the number of black professionals in the field of computer science. The year-round engagement provides NSBE collegiate members interested in computer science, technology, software engineering and web design with opportunities to further their interest in computer science (CS), by enhancing their knowledge and skills. Elements of the Code Success @ NSBE program include: Coding Bootcamps led by expert instructors in the field, with emphasis on JavaScript, JAVA, Python and Ruby coding languages; CS Workshops at NSBE’s 2017 Annual Convention; and award competitions encouraging students to utilize the skills they have learned to develop innovative technology.

“This program shows what can happen when private industry and the nonprofit sector work together toward mutual goals,” says NSBE National Chair Matthew Nelson. “If you look at the statistics for bachelor’s degree recipients in computer science over the past six years in this country, you’ll see that the number of graduates has increased steadily, but the percentage of African Americans among those graduates has decreased. Code Success @ NSBE will help us move the needle back toward parity for African Americans in this field.”

“As a member of the Board of Corporate Affiliates, NSBE’s top-level supporters, Google has demonstrated its full commitment to increasing diversity in the high-tech sector,” says NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. “The Code Success @ NSBE program is another example of Google’s willingness to lend its talents and creativity as well as its financial resources to strategic efforts to ensure that every population is tapped to fill the burgeoning demand for tech talent.”

Justin Steele, Bay Area Giving lead and Racial Justice Grants portfolio manager for Google.org, gives credit to NSBE for his career achievements.

“As a collegiate member of the National Society of Black Engineers, I experienced, firsthand, incredible support and access to opportunity NSBE provides to black engineering students,” says Steele. “We are proud to be deepening our partnership with NSBE to provide even more support for talented black engineering students pursuing majors in the field of computer science. Google is also proud to be a part of NSBE’s Board of Corporate Affiliates and participate in conferences and events.”

In addition to developing their technical skills, participants in Code Success @ NSBE will receive one-on-one mentoring from members of the Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS). Career services support from subject matter experts and professionals from a wide range of tech industries will be available through a bimonthly webinar series exploring topics such as academic preparation, technical resume development, interview preparation and internship opportunities, among others. Also, 18 Code Success Scholarships will be awarded: recipients will receive monthly review sessions and training focused on front-end, back-end and full-stack web development languages, in addition to the other benefits of the Code Success @ NSBE program.

“Thanks to Google for this opportunity to expand the skill sets and career prospects of NSBE collegiate members nationwide,” says Christian G. Miller, NSBE’s national programs chair. “NSBE’s programs team looks forward to implementing Code Success @ NSBE and promoting this great addition to the array of benefits available for our membership.”

ABOUT NSBE
With more than 31,000 members and more than 300 chapters in the U.S. and abroad, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE, founded in 1975, supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” For more information, visit http://www.nsbe.org.

ABOUT GOOGLE.ORG
Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, supports nonprofits that innovate to address humanitarian issues. Google.org was created to pursue, experiment with, and build upon ideas to improve the world, and continues to take an iterative approach to philanthropy today. Google.org develops and invests in pursuits that can have measurable impact on local, regional and global issues, and rallies Google’s people in support of these efforts with a singular goal of creating a better world, faster.

ABOUT GOOGLE INC.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in September 1998. Since then, the company has grown to more than 50,000 employees worldwide, with a wide range of popular products and platforms like Search, Maps, Ads, Gmail, Android, Chrome, and YouTube. In October 2015, Alphabet became the parent holding company of Google. You can read more about Alphabet’s mission here.

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