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Inside Google's Tech Exchange Program

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[UPBEAT BAND MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: Imagine this as a typical college student's daily schedule At 10:00 AM, explore the impact of cyber security on society with a real cyber security engineer

Later, take a tour of the Google X offices, then head home to work on a machine intelligence group project Sound out of the ordinary? For the students participating in Google's Tech Exchange program, this is a daily reality JONATHAN MCKINLEY: I believe Tech Exchange is preparing me for a future in computer science by just introducing me to very rigorous courses A lot of the courses are taught by different university professors, but they're also taught by Googlers And these Googlers are really pushing us to really go to the next level with things

MAYA NICHOLS: A word to describe Google's Tech Exchange would have to be "timeless" The people that I've met, the experience that I've had will live with me forever And I will carry this on past Howard, past everything SPEAKER: Each year, the Google Tech Exchange program brings college students from historically black colleges and Hispanic-serving institutions to Google's Mountain View campus and engages them in a variety of applied computer science courses, all co-taught by HBCU, HSI faculty, and Google engineers FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ: Basically, we were learning how stuff works at Google

It's a higher learning curve than what you think KAY SWEEBE: The hardest thing during Tech Exchange is each of those projects has its own management you have to go through And that organization was definitely the most challenging part JONATHAN MCKINLEY: Fundamentals of Algorithms and Operating Systems, those two courses alone have just really pushed me to the next level of just knowing things, how they worked on a very low level, just applying them in just different real world context SPEAKER: Each of these cities and schools that the students hail from aren't just your everyday campuses

HBCUs and HSIs have long been hubs for educating the best and brightest students of color KAY SWEEBE: Well, I love attending an HSI because here in New Mexico especially, we have a great culture And it's very reflective of Hispanic communities in general MAYA NICHOLS: Howard University is filled with a lot of laughter, a lot of joy Going to Howard University was one of the best decisions I've ever made

SPEAKER: Selected to be here because of their talent and ability to handle the workload, students had little time between classes, labs, and exploring the surrounding Bay Area to even realize their moment in history But as these students approach graduation, they're already thinking about their career path in the tech field or taking their steps into entrepreneurship FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ: I was pretty excited as well because going through Google, it sounds like a dream which became a reality And I wouldn't trade it for anything JONATHAN MCKINLEY: Coming from Jacksonville to Mountain View is just like shocked me completely

It's just mind-blown me It's definitely a culture shock Mountain View's way different than being back on the East Coast KAY SWEEBE: For me personally to see so much diversity as well so much drive towards wanting to be a part of the tech community, it was really nice MAYA NICHOLS: To be here on Google's campuses with other HSI students and other HBCU students I think is very humbling

You get to hear everybody else's background and just hear where everybody else has come from And I think that's very inspiring JONATHAN MCKINLEY: My one word for the Google Tech Exchange program would be "inspirational" KAY SWEEBE: It helps bring about new ways of learning that also closed the gap between education and industry [MUSIC PLAYING]

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