City to Host Fourth Annual DigiCamp

Feb 27, 2017
On Feb. 27 and 28, Albuquerque middle school students participated in a free Microsoft YouthSpark DigiCamp at Nusenda Credit Union’s corporate headquarters to learn about careers in technology and connect with Microsoft Corp. employees and local business leaders.

On Feb. 27 and 28, Albuquerque middle school students participated in a free Microsoft YouthSpark DigiCamp at Nusenda Credit Union’s corporate headquarters to learn about careers in technology and connect with Microsoft Corp. employees and local business leaders.

 

DigiCamps are designed to give young adults eager to learn about the ever-evolving world of technology the opportunity to explore future career paths in the high-tech industry. The program has been held in Albuquerque for the last four years. This year, 100 seventh and eighth grade students from Garfield Middle School and the Native American Community Academy (NACA) signed up to attend the camps. When this year’s DigiCamp is complete, Microsoft will have trained approximately 400 youth on coding and other tech skills here in Albuquerque. 

 

In 2013, Mayor Richard J. Berry met with Microsoft representatives in Washington, D.C., where he encouraged the group to consider providing services in Albuquerque. Microsoft’s regional team then met with the mayor in person in Albuquerque to design the camps and confirm details. Since that meeting, the DigiCamps have become an annual event for Albuquerque’s youth.

 

Students were given the opportunity to participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops to learn more about digital literacy, basic coding, and business development in the industry.

 

“It's important to open up a young person’s eyes to the amazing potential of technology. That's why we are thrilled to host the two-day Digi camp experience to give Albuquerque middle school students a chance to explore technology and show them what careers in tech look like,” said Terry Laudick, President and CEO of Nusenda Credit Union. “IT is one of the fastest-growing job sectors in New Mexico, and we are proud to support programs that enhance accessibility to STEM education.”

 

“We need new and innovative ways to encourage future generations to engage with the job-rich, high paying field of technology. This program does just that, by providing amazing opportunities for Albuquerque students to get first-hand experience and knowledge directly from innovators working for a premiere software and computer corporation,” said Mayor Berry. “I’m thrilled Microsoft is coming back to our city for a fourth camp, and I look forward to continuing and growing this great alliance.”

 

Following this year’s camps, Microsoft will have trained over 400 young men and women on coding, gaming, virtual reality and Microsoft Office. And the technology corporation has up to this point has advanced technology skills among 210 young women.


The 50 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets that were generously donated to the program by the Albuquerque Community Foundation’s Cinco Amigos Fund were utilized once again during this year’s DigiCamps, supporting the students’ hands-on, experiential learning experience. 

 

The Cinco Amigos are five Albuquerque businessmen who sponsor Concours du Soleil, an annual fundraising event each September. Funds raised from the event are used to fund local nonprofits and programs such as the DigiCamp. This year, the funds will be specifically used to pay for the student’s transportation.  

 

“As local businessmen, the Cinco Amigos feel it is important to participate in economic development initiatives and educational opportunities in our community. We expect this partnership to support both,” said Jason Harrington of HB Construction.

 

“Microsoft is proud to support the City of Albuquerque by providing students with access to DigiCamps,” said Celeste Alleyne, Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs at Microsoft. “We believe that technology has the power to help young people do more, achieve more and ultimately realize their full potential. Our hope is that giving young people access to foundational coding and computation skills at an early age will empower them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.”

 

Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative to increase access for all youth to learn computer science, empowering them to achieve more for themselves, their families and their communities. Learn more at www.youthsparkhub.com.

 

Rewarding those we serve.

Nusenda Credit Union. The Power of WE®.



Learn more