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You can be ready for the tech jobs of tomorrow.

 

Break Through Tech Chicago can help prepare you.

Our programs serve women (cis and trans) and nonbinary individuals who are in college and considering careers in computing and technology. We are especially committed to preparing Black, Latina, and Indigenous women with the education they need to bring diversity to the tech world. These are our current offerings:

Chicago programs

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Sandbox

Next session: TBA

What are sandboxes good for? They’re places to explore, to play with new things in a low-pressure, try-and-see space. Here, those new things are ideas and tools related to technology. Sandboxes are also great spots to meet people — in this case, your future classmates at UIC.

Program Participants

Would studying tech in college be fun? Useful for your future career? Right for you? Find out in Sandbox, a free 1-hour program that gets you on your way toward answering these important questions. Because this program is about taking your first exploratory steps in tech, it’s ideal for students who are finishing up high school or in their first two years of college.

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15 weeks (spring), 4 weeks (summer)

CS 111

If you’ve decided that a major or minor in computer science or data science is for you, CS 111 will lay the groundwork for the academic experiences that lie ahead.

Program Participants

Break Through Tech Chicago sponsors two sections of CS 111 for female and nonbinary students who plan to major or minor in computer science or data science at UIC:

  • A regular-tuition section in UIC’s spring semester
  • A tuition-free section in UIC’s summer session 1

We also help to facilitate enrollment for students who want to take CS 111 in the fall or spring as part of their regular UIC course selection.

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3 weeks in May

Sprinternships

Applications are due December 15, 2021, for the May 2022 program

These quick (hence the sprint!) immersive paid internships give you work experience and a tech-industry résumé credential that can help you to land your first summer tech internship.

Program Participants

Sprinternships are designed for women (cis and trans) and nonbinary individuals who are freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors at UIC. Sprinterns should have a strong interest in pursuing a tech career after graduation. While certain majors (such as computer science, data science, or computer science and linguistics) are more common among Sprinterns, we are happy to receive applications from UIC students in other majors who have career plans that involve technology or tech innovation.

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Community programming

You can help to reshape the gender landscape in tech. But given the challenges of college — intensive coursework, family responsibilities, sometimes holding down a job — you might need an occasional reminder of your power within. You’ll want supportive friends. Wise mentors. Break Through Tech Chicago’s community programs can help you to develop the network, self-confidence, and strong principles you need to thrive in the tech world.

Naomi Kaduwela, Head of Kavi Labs

Don’t be afraid to go into computer science or make other seemingly intimidating decisions ... You, too, can become a female leader in tech and pave the way for others to change the world.

Naomi Kaduwela she/her
Head of Kavi Labs
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