Intel to invest $5 million in science and engineering programs for Oakland students
By Kia Croom, Contributing Writer
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the company will invest $5 million over the next five years in programs that teach science and engineering to high school students in the Oakland Unified School District students (OUSD).
The project, if successful has the potential to become a national model for technology companies looking to creating a pipeline for underrepresented minorities and women into the technology industry.
“We wanted to send high school graduates to college to study computer science and engineering. We are going to provide real jobs and guarantee graduates a job at Intel,” Krzanich said in a keynote address at the PUSHTech2020 conference hosted by Reverend Jesse Jackson and the RainbowPUSH Silicon Valley Project.
Intel will help develop a curriculum, train teachers, provide computers and Internet access and tutoring to students at Oakland Technical School and McClymonds High School. Students who successfully complete the program and go on to college to study computer science or engineering will receive scholarships, internships and a guaranteed job at Intel after graduation.
“We want parents to know: if you encourage kids going into this field, there is a job waiting for them,” said Rosalind Hudnell, Intel’s Chief Diversity Officer.
Intel’s pledge keeps with its Corporate Social Responsibility strategic imperative of “education transformation”—or helping students develop the skills that will help them compete and succeed and promoting the next generation of tech leaders and innovators.
Kia Croom is the Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at Corporate Social Responsibility Advisors, a San Francisco-based firm. Follow her twitter @newsbykia or contact her directly at csradvisorssf (at) gmail.com.