Inside Google’s Tech Exchange Program
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Inside Google’s Tech Exchange Program

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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