To ready the Golden State’s future high-tech workforce, the Qualcomm Institute (QI) and its Calit2 partners are spearheading one of four centers funded by a $20 million State of California initiative to prepare students for science, technology, engineering and math careers.
This five-year effort will involve multiple programs that leverage QI’s specialized research infrastructure, experience in workforce development, and expert mentors, while serving underserved populations and connecting skilled workers with California companies.
QI programs already under way as part of this initiative include:
- Nanotechnology Workforce Preparation, which provides experiential learning in QI’s state-of-the-art cleanroom, hands-on mentorship, and professional development. Programs include:
- Neurodiversity in Tech, a summer internship program that helps prepare adults with autism spectrum disorder for careers in technology
“Gov. Newsom’s budget provides $136.3 million of new ongoing support to the University of California, including … $20 million for UC’s California Institutes for Science and Innovation (CISI), which advance cutting-edge research and technologies that are crucial to the state’s economy. We thank Gov. Newsom for these critical investments in UC students and California’s future.”
— University of California Board of Regents Chair John A. Pérez and UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D., statement Jan. 8, 2021