Our goal is to increase the capacity of career focused academic pathways in high school, community college and four year universities with the goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities and first generation college students in technology fields. We assemble and finance teams of collaborating faculty, and support them with guidance from leading industry experts. You can measure benefits to students in terms of rising post-graduation employment rates.
We design and implement programs which build awareness and increase interest in computing fields. We sponsor the placement of students in technical internships designed to be the first step in the career pathway.
But that’s not all. Our data-driven research reports are the basis for meaningful, thought-provoking dialogue between educators and industry professionals. Profiles describing prerequisite skills and technical competencies are documented for 21st century jobs. Economic forecasts and real time labor statistics are reported both nationally and regionally.
Recently, BATEC was awarded $75K from Microsoft in June 2018 for “Envisioning a Data Pathway to Internships for Youth”. This project will allow us to conduct focus groups with industry and conduct PD in two full-day sessions with a minimum of 20 teachers – 10 in Chicago and 10 in Boston during Winter 2019. It is anticipated that a subset of these teachers will pilot instruction to a minimum of 30 students through a bootcamp to be offered during Spring Break, leading to their being able to secure internships in Summer 2019.