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UIC women will be ready for the tech jobs of tomorrow.

Students who choose UIC are driven to do better. They have creativity and skill. They believe nothing should stand between them and their goals. 

What does Break Through Tech Chicago bring to the equation?

An occasion to envision yourself in a tech career—along with the curriculum needed to thrive in that role and a supportive community that wants to see everyone rise.

These are Break Through Tech Chicago’s programs: 

Discovering Computer Science

Computer science may sound enticing to you, but committing tuition to a course you aren’t sure about might seem risky. We pave the way to your first experience with computer science by offering a tuition-free Break Through Tech Chicago version of a preliminary course called CS 100. Four weeks. Mid-May to mid-June. A perfect bridge between your freshman and sophomore years that proves a CS major is both relevant and accessible.

Guild

A five-day program designed to inspire your understanding of technology. Working in a small team, you’ll identify and break down a problem using “design thinking” to develop a technological solution. You might create an app prototype. You’ll explore different aspects of working in computer science. Not yet sure whether a tech career is for you? Then Guild certainly is. Different versions of this program welcome incoming UIC students, current UIC students who are unsure of their major, and local community college students. Learn more here.

Career Preparation

What’s it like to work in a tech job? Find out. UIC’s and Break Through Tech’s connections with Chicago-area companies provide you with innovative, brief, paid tech internships that can help you get your “foot in the door.” You’ll complete the experience with a résumé credential that can turn your dream of a technology career into a reality. You will also enjoy special career-development programming and one-on-one counseling.

Community-Building

We know you can help to reshape the gender landscape in tech. 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.

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