Google opens Howard University West to train black coders

According to Jessica Guynn of USA Today Google will open “Howard West” on the company’s Mountain View, California campus in Silicon Valley. The location will be used as an outpost for historically black university (HBCU) Howard University. Students majoring in computer science majors can immerse themselves in coding instruction and tech culture and the inner workings of one of the world’s most famous companies.

Twenty-five to 30 juniors and seniors from Washington-based Howard University will spend 12 weeks at Google this summer, receiving instruction from senior Google engineers and Howard faculty and getting course credit for their studies, the Internet giant announced Thursday.

The program is an outgrowth of Google’s effort to recruit more software engineers from historically black colleges and universities, 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 wants to expand the program to include other historically black colleges and universities, said Bonita Stewart, Google’s vice president of global partnerships, who has worked with Howard University President Wayne Frederick to develop the framework. Read more here.