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CodeHouse Launches New Initiative To Offer Scholarships, Mentorship To Students Interested In Tech

Ernest Holmes, a software engineer at Google and the president and co-founder of CodeHouse, Jaycee Holmes,  Spelman College professor and the director of Curriculum and Instruction of CodeHouse and Tavis Thompson, join "Closer Look" to discuss the CodeHouse Scholars Initiative.
Ernest Holmes, a software engineer at Google and the president and co-founder of CodeHouse, Jaycee Holmes, Spelman College professor and the director of Curriculum and Instruction of CodeHouse and Tavis Thompson, join "Closer Look" to discuss the CodeHouse Scholars Initiative.
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A new local nonprofit that was established to expose students of color to the many career paths in the tech industry has launched a new initiative to reach first-year Atlanta University Center college students.

According to CodeHouse’s website, the organization recently partnered with PayPal to provide up to $20,000 in scholarships through the CodeHouse Scholars Initiative.

On Tuesday’s edition of “Closer Look,” CodeHouse leaders told show host Rose Scott that in addition to scholarships, the new program will provide mentorship, professional development workshops and enrollment into a paid leadership summer academy.

“We want the best for our students, said Jaycee Holmes, Spelman College professor and the director of Curriculum and Instruction of CodeHouse. “We want to make sure that they are in position to lead the next generation of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.”

Professor Holmes, along with her brother Ernest Holmes, a software engineer at Google and the president and co-founder of CodeHouse and Tavis Thompson, the vice president and co-founder of CodeHouse, participated in the virtual radio program interview.

During the conversation, the guests spoke openly about the importance of encouraging Black and brown students to pursue and explore tech careers, historically Black colleges and universities’ role in preparing the next generation of tech leaders and the growing need for more minority leaders at tech industry tables.

The CodeHouse Scholars Initiative is open to minority 2021 high school grads who attend Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta, or Spelman College.

“This is all about supporting students who make the choice to go to an HBCU, make the choice go into tech and supporting them along that journey,” explained President Holmes.

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.