The program at Howard West expects to enroll 740 over the next five years. (Courtesy of

A new partnership between Howard University and Google has established a satellite campus in the Silicon Valley where a group of rising HU juniors and seniors can be trained in computer science.

Under the agreement, the students will spend the summer months at Howard West in California participating in a computer science residency program. In addition to receiving a stipend for housing and living expenses, the students will earn college credits for the time spent at Google.

“Howard West will produce hundreds of industry-ready black computer science graduates, future leaders with the power to transform the global space into a stronger, more accurate reflection of the world around us,” said HU President Wayne A.I. Frederick. “We envisioned this program with bold outcomes in mind — to advance a strategy that leverages Howard’s high quality faculty and Google’s expertise, while also rallying the tech industry and other thought leaders around the importance of diversity in business and the community they serve.”

The program expects to enroll 740 over the next five years, with Google hoping many of the participants will later find jobs at Google or other Silicon Valley firms that historically have not had a high degree of diversity.

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