Intel to spend $5 million on computer science education in Oakland schools

Intel and the Oakland Unified School District are entering into a memorandum of understanding in which the technology company will spend $5 million over the next five years to expand computer science and engineering offerings in the district.

The agreement, which was announced at an event in San Francisco last week and celebrated at McClymonds High School in Oakland Tuesday, also calls for creating a technology jobs pipeline from Oakland public schools to Silicon Valley.

Under the pilot program, Intel will help develop curriculum, train teachers, and provide mentoring and job shadowing opportunities for 2,400 students at McClymonds and Oakland Technical high schools.

Intel and Oakland school officials said the ultimate goal is to send 600 graduates from those schools onto college programs and careers in computer science and engineering.

OUSD superintendent Antwan Wilson said in a statement:

“This collaboration is a model of what public-private partnerships can do to increase educational and career opportunities for students…We’re determined to graduate every student prepared for college, career, and community success, and providing students with access to robust career pathways is essential to realizing that goal.”

He added:

“We’re grateful that Intel is committed to investing in its home base and developing the next generation of technology leaders from amongst the wealth of talent right here in the Bay Area.”