Rev. Jesse Jackson visited Oakland Technical High School this week to continue his advocacy for increased technology instruction in American schools and greater representation of women, minorities, and low-income students in the fields of computer science and engineering.
Jackson also delivered a message for students to “push for excellence and make good life choices.” He ate lunch with students in Oakland Tech’s computer science program, addressed a student assembly on the importance of early preparation in order to gain access to jobs in high-growth industries and toured a robotics class at the school.
Jackson also announced that his Rainbow Push Coalition will award $15,000 in college scholarships to Oakland students.
Jackson’s visit to Oakland Tech builds on the role the Rainbow Push Coalition played in helping to broker a landmark partnership between the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and Intel to expand computer science offerings in the district to create a technology jobs pipeline from Oakland public schools to Silicon Valley.
Under the five-year, $5 million pilot program, Intel will help develop curriculum, train teachers, provide computers, and offer Internet access to 2,400 students at McClymonds High and Oakland Tech, with the ultimate goal of sending 600 graduates from those schools onto college programs and careers in computer science.