“IT is ME” virtual event by Wilber Wright College 12/11 1-4pm

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Friday, Dec 11th, from 1 to 4pm

Hello All,

Jenetta O’Neal, City Colleges of Chicago and I (Anand Setty) invite you all to the ‘not to miss’ virtual event “IT is ME” by Wilbur Wright College at City Colleges of Chicago on Friday, Dec 11th, from 1 to 4pm. Please find attached a brochure about the event.

This year there are many rich sessions being hosted and as a result, there is something for everyone:

  • Students and Parents: Attend multiple sessions on accessibility to High Value Computing Careers.
  • Teachers and Educators: Training/Demo of Cloud technology for classroom.

I want to highlight 2 of the sessions, amongst the many sessions being presented that day.

  • We at C4ITA are sponsoring and hosting the keynote panel discussion and Q&A with Women and Minority tech leaders. It is being co-moderated by a very dynamic student. I am sure everyone will be inspired by the IT career journey of these amazing people!
  • In addition, City Colleges of Chicago and C4ITA will have an information session about joining the Accelerated Software Engineering Apprenticeship Program starting next summer at Wilber Wright College.

Please spread the word with Educators, Parents, and Students in your network.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/it-is-me-tickets-128557371559

If questions, please reach me at anand.setty or Jenetta O’Neal at joneal30


Anand Setty

Founder and President


P: 847 680 6228


Schedule a meeting: https://calendly.com/c4ita-anand-setty/30min

Wilbur Wright College.pdf


Join us this weekend for the seasonal CodeDay event! Virtual CodeDay is a jam-packed and totally beginner-friendly event where attendees can learn new skills, meet new people, and build fun projects! We also have an array of workshops, gaming tournaments, and attendee-favorite coding challenges, like our capture-the-flag cybersecurity challenge, CodeCup, lined for the weekend.

For more information, and to register (it’s free!), please visit virtual.codeday.org.

Code Next for Black and Latinx Students

See attached PDF for additional details!

Code Next Connect FAQs

What is Code Next Connect?

Code Next’sConnect program is a free online computer science education program for Black and Latinx students across the United States, providing the skills and inspiration they need for long and rewarding careers in tech and computer science-related fields.

Who can I share this information with?

Black and Latinx high school students (specifically 9th and 10th graders) anywhere in the United States.

Do students need prior coding experience?

You can apply and become a member without coding experience.

Can I forward this opportunity?

Absolutely! We would love as many CS enthusiasts as possible to apply, across many time zones, and communities! Our goal is to get students excited about computer science; especially those who have historically been excluded from CS education opportunities.

When do applications open ?

Applications open Dec. 7, and the deadline to apply is Dec. 14. Students can use this application to apply for Code Next Connect. Application FAQs are available at g.co/codenext/applicationFAQs.


Diversity Statement: Any student in 9th through 12th grade that is at least 13 years of age can apply. However, we target mostly 9th and 10th graders. We will accept applications from everyone, but strongly encourage Black and Latinx students to apply. At Google, we believe a diversity of attributes, experiences, and perspectives are needed to build tools that can change the world. Everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue a career in technology, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, or military service.

[STUDENTS] 2020-2021 Code Next Connect One Pager.pdf

Machine Learning for the Connected Car

The following event is completely free to attend

December 3rd, 2020 – ChicagoCHI: Scaling Interaction

Where: Online Event

Speaker: Dr. Julieta Aguilera

December 9th, 2020 – Machine Learning for the Connected Car

Where: Online Event

Speaker: Dr. Alvin Chin, AI and Emerging Technology Researcher at BMW Technology Corporation

ACM Chicago Meetup is a non-profit professional group that meets regularly to discuss diverse topics in computer science such as predictive analytics, applied machine learning, statistical modeling, open data, data visualization, user experience, user research, and artificial neural networks.

For more information, visit our Meetup page at, http://www.meetup.com/ACM-Chicago/.

To learn more about the ACM Local program or attend an online meetup in another region, go to https://local.acm.org/meetups.

GirlCon 2021 Team Applications Open!

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Applications for the GirlCon 2021 Team are FINALLY OPEN! 🌟 Join to help plan an international tech conference for womxn in STEM 👩‍💻 High-school and college students of any gender identity from across the world are welcome ❣️ GirlCon is comprised of 2 teams: CORE (head planning team and manages sub-teams) and National (consisting of Logistics, Public Relations, Design, and Sponsorship sub-teams) ✨ Apply at bit.ly/girlcon2021team and be sure to submit before Dec 14th @ 11:59 PM CST. If you have any questions, feel free to email girlconchicago@gmail.com or DM @girlconchicago on Instagram. ⚡️

Virtual panel of women and non-binary STEM students

See note below from the Society of Women Engineers at UChicago.

On November 23rd, next Monday, our organization is hosting a virtual panel of women and non-binary college students to discuss their experiences in different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors at the University of Chicago. The discussion will not be specific to UChicago experiences but attending any university in a major where you’re most likely underrepresented. Besides practical logistics of college life, we aim to have a conversation about finding community, creating impact, and staying mentally healthy in such spaces. Grade level students who attend will have the opportunity to make connections and ask questions!

Link: https://forms.gle/kftQX7oT6X9u3MMG9
Event Poster: (Attached)

Society of Women Engineers Present “Hyde Park Engineers Panel”

Sign up: https://forms.gle/kftQX7oT6X9u3MMG9

On November 23rd, next Monday, the Society of Women Engineers is hosting a virtual panel of women and non-binary college students to discuss their experiences in different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors at the University of Chicago. The discussion will not be specific to UChicago experiences but attending any university in a major where you’re most likely underrepresented. Besides practical logistics of college life, we aim to have a conversation about finding community, creating impact, and staying mentally healthy in such spaces. Grade level students who attend will have the opportunity to make connections and ask questions! It would be amazing if you could share this resource with your students! We would love to have them present.

The Seneca Foundation-Vail Systems STEM program

What is the Seneca Foundation?

The Seneca Foundation is on a mission to educate, empower, and equip Black and Latinx recent Chicagoland high school graduates with paid Software Development training, paid internship work, college financial assistance toward a STEM degree, and resources that will positively impact their professional and financial trajectory for years and generations to come. 

Who should apply?

Seneca Foundation’s mission is to support student populations who are historically underrepresented in STEM degree programs and careers. To offset the inequities that these groups face we have thoughtfully created a unique program that combines skill development, financial assistance, mentoring, and “real work in the real world” experience. We know that it would be easy to only focus on the “A” students, but we want to focus on all students that have a passion for and commitment to STEM. Therefore, there is not a G.P.A. requirement for our program. 

Requirements for our 2021 cohort are:

  • Black or Latinx 
  • Exhibits a passion for STEM
  • Must graduate high school in 2021
  • Ability to legally work in the U.S., including DACA participants
  • Resident of the Chicagoland area, and able to commute to the Vail offices in downtown Chicago (currently remote to ensure adherence to COVID-19 guidelines)
  • Completed application and letter of recommendation
  • If accepted, a signed commitment to obtain a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field 

What’s included in the program?

Our (1) year program includes the following benefits and offers two different paths to meet the applicant’s individual needs. In both options, participants will gain skills, experience, and knowledge that will prepare them for the pursuit of a college degree and fulfilling career in a STEM field. 


  • 6 months of paid prerequisite training in software development and devops
  • 6 months of paid project work via an internship with Vail Systems
  • Flexible hours to accommodate college schedules
  • Mentoring and professional/social support
  • Educational workshops
  • College financial support
  • Performance-based opportunity to continue working at Vail during or after completion of a STEM degree


  • Students can take a Gap Year before college and work for Vail full-time (30-40 hours / week) during that year. Program participants who choose this path will receive support with the college application process.


  • Attend college part-time in the Chicagoland area after graduating high school and work for Vail full-time, while pursuing their college degree part-time.


The program pays $18/hour for up to 40 hours/week and offers a flexible schedule, but our current cohort says the best part of this program is the chance to do real work in the real world so soon after high school. 

What’s the timeline?

November 1, 2020: Application available

November 11, 2020: First info session

February 1, 2021: Application deadline

April 5, 2021: Acceptance Letters are sent

April 16, 2021: Acceptance response is due

July 6, 2021: Program starts

Why are you doing this?

The Tech Industry, the industry that has created the most wealth in the last decade, has failed to increase their representation of Black and Latinx professionals. This is unacceptable.

We are committed to supporting talented young adults on their journey to a fulfilling career in a STEM field. We started with our first cohort of 5 young professionals in 2020 and are proud to expand this program in 2021 and beyond.

What if I want more information?

Register for one of our upcoming Info Sessions!

Scholarship for Latinx High School Students

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This is a friendly reminder that the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) 2020 Youth Awards educational grants program is now accepting applications! Our 22nd Annual Youth Awards will award students who are in the graduating Class of 2021 with up to $1000 in educational grants to fund their higher education or a community-based project.

Recipients will be selected for their accomplishments in the classroom, community and for their excellence in various educational categories. Recipients will also be celebrated in virtual ceremonies.

The deadline to apply is December 6th, 2020. Students can apply at www.hhfyouthawards.com For more information, please visit: www.HispanicHeritage.org. To download the flyer to print and share, click here: http://hhf.page.link/totk

Please feel free to email us at info if you have any questions.

The HHF Youth Awards Team

When hacking is good! Cybersecurity Research Careers

Join the Office of Computer Science and Argonne National Lab (for free) to learn more about what it means to have a career in cybersecurity.

Registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/when-hacking-is-good-cybersecurity-research-careers-tickets-126101602287

About this Event

The Office of Computer Science and Argonne National Lab present:

When hacking is good! Cybersecurity Research Careers

Just about everything we own these days is connected in some way to the internet, from our smartphones to cars to any “smart” device. This leaves all of us vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Join a cybersecurity researcher from Argonne National Laboratory to hear about this interesting career where sometimes you get to be “bad” in order to do something good! This will be a casual presentation with plenty of time for you to ask questions.

OCS and ANL are excited to present a series of STEM seminars to CPS students and teachers. Join us for one, or join us for all, to learn more about how computer science can be applied across disciplines.

Join us Oct 29th: Computer Science and Biology; the mash-up!

Questions? Email Abril Vela at avela7@cps.edu.