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Code as a Second Language | April 2018

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

CSL Bootcamp in Omaha

In April, HHF’s national initiative, Code as a Second Language (CSL) launched a CSL Bootcamp in Omaha, Nebraska and the first Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT) Coder Summit in the Greater DC area!

First of all, on April 26th, HHF launched a CSL Bootcamp at Omaha South Magnet High School. As a result, check out this FOX42 KTPM feature! Furthermore, Leopoldo Hernandez told FOX42, “It teaches kids to program and converse with other people to talk about programming. Starting a game and helping each other out.”

LOFT Coder Summit at GMU

Also, HHF also launched the first LOFT Coder Summit in the Greater DC Area at George Mason University. Partners included the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC). In addition, others included Google, NBC4 Telemundo44, Sy Tech, MAX Cybersecurity, Jelena Group and Ghost Note.

In addition, other speakers included HHF’s President and CEO, Antonio Tijerino, President of George Mason University, Angel Cabrera, CEO and Founder of MAX Cybersecurity, Michael Echols. Other speakers included President and Partner at Ghost Note, Software Developer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Brian Romero and CSL Fellow and former Youth Awardee, Aleida Olvera. 

“The shortage of cyber professionals and those with the proper tech aptitudes, demands that we all act now!” said Michael Echols. 

“We were thrilled to bring the Coder Summit to the Greater DC Area to identify, prepare and connect Latino programmers as we work to move America’s tech workforce forward,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the HHF.

Code as a Second Language 

Therefore, within the CSL initiative, there are CSL Bootcamps, Academies and Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT) Coder Summits. Since, CSL Academies consist of a 8-10 week program that meets once a week for 1-1.5 hours designed to immerse students in the fundamentals of computer science/ entrepreneurship, programming and syntax. The CSL model fosters a network of Latino software engineers and Latino leaders.

In conclusion, HHF is committed to providing students with resources to technology. As a result, our vision is possible by allowing students to stay connected with year-round access to the LOFT Innovation leadership and workforce development programs. Programs include  STEM Symposia, Innovation fellowships, Youth Awards, mentoring and other work-based learning opportunities. 

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