Howard University West Campus To Open At Google Headquarters

Google announced today that they will be creating a college campus in Silicon Valley aimed towards Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students.

The campus will be known as Howard West and is an effort to recruit and retain engineering students in the Silicon Valley area.

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Howard West is scheduled to open Summer 2018 in partnership with Howard University main campus. Howard juniors and seniors majoring in computer science will qualify for the first 12-week program, which will be taught by senior Google engineers and Howard faculty, according to San Francisco Chronicle. 

The program will take place at existing Google buildings. Students will not need to pay extra tuition to attend Howard West and will be given a stipend and support for housing, provided by Howard, which is well aware of the sky-high rental prices in Silicon Valley.

The intention is for Howard West to be open to students at other historically black universities and colleges starting in the summer of 2018.

Howard declined to disclose its investment in the program. Google said that it is not paying Howard and that Howard is not paying Google for the new campus. Google said its only costs are physical space and the time of its employees who will serve as teachers, though it declined to disclose how much those expenses amounted to.

Last May, 18 Howard students graduated in computer science, and the university expects 25 to 30 to graduate in the field this May, according to Howard spokeswoman Crystal Brown.

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This partnership between a University and Tech Company is the first of its kind.

What do you think about Google’s efforts to increase diversity in the tech industry?

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