The City of Santa Monica offers a competitive program to local high school students seeking a career in technology.
The six week experience consists of a technology workforce development program which gives students the opportunity to gain broad exposure to leading IT projects, specialized software systems, telecommunications, web development, and help desk functions. Following this overview, the group meets regularly to develop a civic-oriented tech startup. Participants experience roles and functions within an enterprise IT environment, apply critical thinking skills, learn to code, collaborate, and accept leadership roles within their start-up company.
Applications are accepted from high school students attending any high school in Santa Monica.
Only a small number of students are selected to participate in the program, those attending in their senior year are paired with mentors and invited to return after their first year of college for an internship opportunity with a Santa Monica tech company.
A critical component to the Youth Tech Program is the successful development of participants’ skills in the following area:
· Understanding of IT functions/roles and responsibilities
· Project management
· Time management
· Creative Problem Solving
· Collaboration Contact
· Written and Verbal Communication
· Marketing and Business Development
The Youth Tech Program requires no previous experience in business or technology. Students should be prepared to work in a fast paced environment while developing advanced analytical and technical skill sets.
Contact Gary Carter with any questions regarding the program.