Google is hosting FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., and other University leaders for exclusive kick-off festivities in Silicon Valley as they celebrate FAMU's selection as a participant in the tech giant’s new and historic Tech Exchange Program.
Five FAMU students and one professor were selected for the prestigious initiative.
Each of the students is pursuing computer science degrees in FAMU’s College of Science and Technology and will spend a year gaining hands-on training and experience at Google. The selected students are Tabia Cannon, Cornelius Cook, Christopher Griffin, Jonathan McKinley and Garrett Tolbert. FAMU Computer and Information Sciences Professor Clement Allen was selected to accompany the students and offer courses to all students enrolled in the program.
The yearlong residency includes 15 course credit hours. The courses are offered by leading professors and Google engineers. All credits earned will count toward the completion of their degrees. Throughout the year, students will take a selection of applied computer science courses, including machine learning, product management, computational theory and database systems.
Tech Exchange was inspired by a successful previous partnership between Howard University and Google, titled “Howard West.” This year, Google has extended its tech community to not only FAMU but also California State University-Dominguez Hills, Morgan State University, New Mexico State University, Prairie View A&M University, North Carolina A&T State University, Dillard University, the University of Texas-El Paso, the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, and Spelman College. Howard will continue its initiative as a member of the Tech Exchange Program as well.
All of the professors teaching courses at Google’s campus come from HBCUs or HSIs.