Mayor introduces new tech summer camps

Charlotte, NC
Watkins, Gregg
Gregg.Watkins@ci.charlotte.nc.us
2/26/2016

Mayor Jennifer Roberts announced today a collaboration with Microsoft Corp's Charlotte campus to introduce 300 students to careers in technology.

Students participating in Microsoft's youth summer camps, DigiGirlz and DigiGuyz, will be introduced to cutting-edge technologies, field-specific skills, and leadership development opportunities.

"I am excited to work with Microsoft to expand economic opportunity to young people who otherwise may not be introduced to technology fields," said Mayor Roberts. "Expanding access to quality out of school time is a major focus of my administration and I am grateful to Microsoft for giving back to our community through these valuable and much needed programs."

"Microsoft believes in the power of technology to help individuals and communities do more and achieve more, so they can ultimately realize their full potential," said Michelle Thomas, Director, Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs. "We continue to see that when students have access to foundational coding and computation skills at an early age — and are encouraged throughout their education and at home — they will continue to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields."

Starting in June 2016, 200 Charlotte girls participating in the DigiGirlz Summer Camp will be introduced to the many career fields offered within the High Tech industry, listen to executive speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn through hands-on experience in workshops.

In 2017, Mayor Roberts and Microsoft will launch the first-ever DigiGuyz High Tech Summer Camp, expanding the DigiGirlz model, the camp will introduce 100 high school-aged males primarily from socially disadvantaged communities to technology and the many career fields offered within the high tech industry.