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Creating new pathways, empowering more innovators, building the future

Break Through Tech works at the intersection of academia and industry to propel women and underrepresented communities into computing degrees and tech careers. Currently Break Through Tech has 2 programmatic offerings: a Computing Program and an AI Program. Both have affiliate sites located on college and university campuses across the United States.  Break Through Tech’s national office is located in New York City on the Cornell Tech campus. 

Break Through Tech programs begin during students’ early college years, and are aimed at college women with a particular emphasis on welcoming Black, Latina, Indigenous, and first-generation women, trans, and nonbinary students. 

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Break Through Tech, AI Program

The Break Through Tech AI Program helps students gain the skills they need to get jobs in the fastest-growing areas of tech: data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Developed by industry and academic leaders, students begin with a summer  ML  Engineering curriculum that teaches the critical, practical skills that help qualify candidates for entry-level jobs in the field including skills in building data analysis pipelines, training and validating ML models, while gaining experience with common ML/AI libraries. 

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Next, students join the AI Studio where they work in teams to solve industry challenges and develop a portfolio of AI projects that demonstrate their capabilities. Throughout the program, students receive career coaching, mentorship, and summer internship placement support, all aimed at helping participants successfully launch their AI tech career.

The AI program is offered in New York City.


Break Through Tech, Computing Program

The Break Through Tech Computing Program is focused on casting a wide net to encourage students to enter the tech academic pipeline and ensuring that they feel empowered and prepared as they move through their academic journey and launch their tech careers. 

Programming  begins with the Break Through Tech Guild workshops for incoming students who are considering the study of a tech discipline at one of our partner universities and continues with our innovative Sprinternship program that gives students the resume credential they need to compete for summer internships. 

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Students can engage in a series of career readiness programs that help them get their foot in the door of the tech workforce as well as  a variety of community building opportunities with their peers and professional women in tech. 

The Computing Program is offered in New York City, Chicago, and DC.

“The future of innovation depends on gender equality in the technology industry. Break Through Tech has a proven track record of propelling more women toward rewarding tech careers.”

Nicola Palmer she/her
Chief Product Officer, Verizon

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