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Google is bringing a free immersive computer science education program to Inglewood’s Hollywood Park


By, Eye On Inglewood Staff


Today, Google and Hollywood Park have announced a partnership extension to bring a new Code Next Lab to Inglewood, CA, providing underrepresented youth in the greater Los Angeles area access to cutting-edge and emerging technology. Google will be responsible for designing, building, and opening the new facility, which will serve as a free, immersive computer science education program aimed at developing the next generation of Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Indigenous tech leaders.


The Code Next Lab in Inglewood will be located at Hollywood Park, a nearly 300-acre sports and entertainment complex. Travis Sampson, the chief technology officer of SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, emphasized their commitment to the community, stating that the partnership with Google will allow them to strengthen their community impact and educate Inglewood students in cutting-edge technologies, aligning with Stan Kroenke's support of the local and surrounding areas.


Through the Code Next program, students will gain access to live coaches, state-of-the-art technical equipment, and a comprehensive education curriculum covering various topics from Javascript programming to UX design. Nationally, the program boasts impressive statistics, with 92% of 12th graders who graduate from Code Next attending college or higher education institutions, and approximately 88% pursuing STEM majors. The new Code Next Lab in Inglewood will accommodate the growth of the program, welcoming 50 students as part of the first cohort.


Angela Courtin, the vice president of YouTube Marketing and co-site lead of Google's Playa Vista office, emphasized the importance of educating the next generation of tech innovators, emphasizing that it is critical for America's future. She expressed excitement about the partnership with Hollywood Park and the opportunity to bring Code Next to Inglewood, granting local students access to tools and training that can provide them with a competitive advantage in future job markets and help them thrive in their chosen careers.

The Code Next Lab in Inglewood is scheduled to open at Hollywood Park in 2024. This will be Google's first location in Southern California, adding to its existing labs in New York, Oakland, and Detroit. Code Next is part of Grow with Google, an initiative aimed at ensuring equal opportunities in technology for everyone.


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