IT professionals who want to make a difference in the future of their profession are invited to take part in a unique partnership between Microsoft and Utica Community Schools.
The TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) program pairs technology professionals with UCS computer science and cybersecurity to directly support students and teachers.
“Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS Program is dedicated to empowering schools to offer computer science by pairing teachers with trained volunteers in the tech industry,” said Allison Hartnett, Microsoft. “We’re glad to be working with Utica Community Schools to offer equitable CS for its students and inspire the next generation of technologists.”
Superintendent Robert Monroe said the partnership gives UCS students experiences that meet the needs of the region’s employers.
“Our TEALS professionals provide students with direct industry level experiences and expectations,” Monroe said. “It is through these partnerships that we are making sure our graduates have a competitive advantage for the high paying jobs right in our back yard.”
More than 10 computer science professionals currently volunteer at the four UCS comprehensive high schools – Eisenhower, Henry Ford II, Stevenson and Utica high schools.
Volunteers participate in training throughout the summer both online and at the Microsoft Technology Center in Detroit.
Volunteers are asked to volunteer from one of four times per week, depending on their schedules. All courses are scheduled for the first hour and will not go past 9:30 a.m.