Biotech giant, Amgen, through the Amgen Foundation, has made a large donation to Computer Mentors, a local “Digital Divide” non-profit organization.
Computer Mentors will use the funds to support its two primary programs, KidsCode and TEENtech. KidsCode, CM’s largest program in terms of number of clients, is a program specifically designed to teach computer coding to children aged 10 to 13 years old. This year 553 have enrolled in the program, attempting to earn at least a Computer Science I certificate. Additionally, Computer Mentors also host a program called TEENtech High School Program. Students in TEENtech, in addition to earning industry standard certifications, and college credits, by earning a Microsoft Technology Associates Certification. TEENtech is the longest running program at Computer Mentors and has existed in some form throughout the organizations 22-year history.
Amgen is involved in our local community and with Computer Mentors as more than just a financial partner. Derrick Thomas, Information Security Engineer with Amgen, also recently joined the Board of Directors for Computer Mentors and is an (ISC)2 Chapter Advisory Committee Member.