Many students want to work in the tech industry, either as an employee or startup founder, but knowing which specific career pathway to choose can be challenging – especially when getting the basic skills most top tech companies require is difficult. That’s where Goodie College Tech Pathways Lab comes in.
Start your career in today’s top tech fields in this fast-paced program where Morehouse College students from all majors can explore new paths to success in the competitive fields of web development, data, user experience design, and product management. Connect with Atlanta’s industry experts and learn how to boost your skills, land your next gig, and kickstart a career in tech. No matter your current major or experience level, this program will arm you with the motivation and tools you need to find or pursue your passion.
Goodie College Tech Pathways Lab @ Morehouse College is a three-week immersive program that provides practical applications in front-end development, back-end development, user experience and interface design, and product management for fifty (50) select Morehouse College students during the Fall 2017 semester. Students meet twice per week for three hours per class led by local technology practitioners. Applying lessons from the courses, students work together to launch a working technology product that solves a problem in underserved communities. At the end of the program, students present their launched product for review by the instructors for certification. All certified students receive inside details on internships with tech companies, and the top ten (10) students receive complimentary laptops.
Students can choose to participate in one of two tracks:
+Technical: For those students that want to be front-end or back-end web developers.
+Non-Technical: For those students that want to be designers, product managers, or data analysts.
Why It Matters
Determining the proper career pathway in the tech industry is difficult especially for those with little exposure. This program helps students acquire practical experience early, therefore allowing them to pursue the most effective internships that lead to high-trajectory permanent jobs.
Students Walk Away With…
+The basics in front-end & back-end development, user experience design, product management, and data analytics through practical application
+Credit toward the launch of a working technology product that has social impact
+Potential mentors in preferred career pathway
+Inside details on internships with tech companies
+Skills needed to participate in high-quality hackathons
+Complimentary laptop & other tech swag (*top 10 students only)
Pre-Requisites & Preparation:
Must be currently enrolled student at Morehouse College. Open to all majors with a preference for computer science and business majors. For this program to be most effective, please bring have a laptop or have access to campus computer lab.
Students will be better prepared to select one of the following tech career pathways:
Students will dive into the mentality and tools to get their ideas prototyped and into the hands of users as quickly as possible. Covering the basics on how to use Sketch & InVision, students will learn the benefits of wireframing and how it can get quick, actionable results. They’ll also learn some time-saving tips for generating designs and interface detail and how you can easily turn them into interactive prototypes.
Product Management & Data Analytics
Find out which ideas are most viable by learning how to test them quickly and most efficiently. Students will learn how to use the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) philosophy to test and validate their ideas with the least amount of work required. The ultimate goal is to get to product/market fit. Confidently make — and defend — critical decisions using the results of data analysis.
Percent Job Demand Growth for Web Developers By 2020
Percent Job Demand Growth for Data Analysts By 2020
Entry Level Data Analyst Avg. Base Pay
Entry Level Front-End Web Developer Avg. Base Pay
Entry Level UX Designer Avg. Base Pay
Junior Level Product Manager Avg. Base Pay
INDUSTRY EXPERT INSTRUCTORS
SOCIAL IMPACT TECH PRODUCTS LAUNCHED
Combine with other students to launch an actual tech product that solves a problem in underserved communities. It will help them begin their internship/job search with confidence.
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On the final day of this 48 hour hackathon, your group will present the working product for review by the Goodie Nation team. If it passes specifications, all students will receive program certification.
Demo Night is a graduation-style event where each group will present their working product to a room full of tech and social impact industry experts, family, friends, press, and professionals. Attendees will get a first look at your work as well as the startups in our pre-accelerator, meet the founders, and network with other top-tier professionals.
Monday, October 16th: Applications Open
Sunday, October 29th: Applications Close
Tuesday, October 31st (5:30p – 8:30p): Session #1: Opportunities in Tech Panel + Introduction to Technical and Non-Technical Track Breakouts
Thursday, November 2nd (5:30p – 8:30p): Session #2: Back-End Development (Technical Track) | Product Management (Non-Technical Track)
Tuesday, November 7th (5:30p – 8:30p): Session #3: Front-End Development (Technical Track) | UX Design (Non-Technical Track)
Thursday, November 9th (5:30p – 8:30p): Session #4: Product Management + UX Design (Technical Track) | Front-End & Back-End Development (Non-Technical Track)
Tuesday, November 14th (5:30p – 8:30p): Session #5: Back-End Development (Technical Track) | Product Management & Data Analytics (Non-Technical Track)
Thursday, November 16th (5:30p – 8:30p): Session #6: Front-End Development (Technical Track) | UX Design & Data Analytics (Non-Technical Track)
Sunday, November 19th (2pm): Final Presentation at Goodie Hack Coding Hackathon at Atlanta Tech Village
January 2018: Demo Night
+Is Goodie College Tech Pathways Lab free? Yep. completely.
+How is this possible? Because our amazing sponsors, partners, and volunteers want to help save the world.
+Do I need to know how to code or design? Nope.
+I can’t make it to all of the classes on those dates. Can I still participate? Unfortunately, no. Attendance is required for those in the program.
+Is this a full-time program? Nope. We’ve designed it so you have time for a job, class, etc. However, there will be a lot of work to do!