U.S. Markets closed
  • S&P 500

    3,662.45
    +40.82 (+1.13%)
     
  • Dow 30

    29,823.92
    +185.28 (+0.63%)
     
  • Nasdaq

    12,355.11
    +156.37 (+1.28%)
     
  • Russell 2000

    1,836.05
    +16.23 (+0.89%)
     
  • Crude Oil

    44.40
    -0.94 (-2.07%)
     
  • Gold

    1,813.90
    +38.20 (+2.15%)
     
  • Silver

    24.06
    +1.52 (+6.75%)
     
  • EUR/USD

    1.2074
    +0.0140 (+1.1712%)
     
  • 10-Yr Bond

    0.9340
    +0.0900 (+10.66%)
     
  • Vix

    20.77
    +0.20 (+0.97%)
     
  • GBP/USD

    1.3430
    +0.0099 (+0.7400%)
     
  • USD/JPY

    104.3160
    -0.0080 (-0.0077%)
     
  • BTC-USD

    19,150.90
    -248.86 (-1.28%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    375.94
    -3.92 (-1.03%)
     
  • FTSE 100

    6,384.73
    +118.54 (+1.89%)
     
  • Nikkei 225

    26,787.54
    +353.92 (+1.34%)
     

Netflix launches a virtual HBCU boot camp with Norfolk State to increase exposure to the tech industry

Jonathan Shieber
·1 min read
ROME, ITALY - APRIL 18: Reed Hastings attends Reed Hastings panel during Netflix 'See What's Next' event at Villa Miani on April 18, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto S. Ruscio/Getty Images for Netflix)
ROME, ITALY - APRIL 18: Reed Hastings attends Reed Hastings panel during Netflix 'See What's Next' event at Villa Miani on April 18, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto S. Ruscio/Getty Images for Netflix)

Netflix is going back to school.

Working with Norfolk State University, the alma mater of one of the company's senior software engineers, and the online education platform, 2U, Netflix is developing a virtual boot camp for students to gain exposure to the tech industry.

Starting today Netflix will open enrollment for 130 students to participate in a 16-week training program beginning in January.

That program will be divided into three tracks -- Java Engineering, UX/UI Design and Data Science. Experts from Netflix will work with 2U to design each track and all courses will be led by faculty from Norfolk State University and feature guest lecturers from the tech industry, the company said.

Members from the company's data science, engineering and design teams will serve as mentors -- including Norfolk State alumnus Michael Chase.

Netflix will foot the bill for students accepted into the program, and they'll get course credit for completing the boot camp, the company said.

"The goal is for participants to come away better equipped with industry-relevant skills to enter today's workforce and with valuable, long-lasting relationships," Kabi Gishuru, the company's director of Inclusion Recruiting Programs wrote in a statement. "As we continue to invest in building the best service for our members, we want to invest in the best team to support it. Creating space in the industry for all voices will only make it stronger."