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TechCore Program

Join TechCore This Fall

Welcome to our TechCore Summer Institute

Free Virtual Summer Institute
August 10-28, 2020

Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fridays, 10 a.m.-Noon

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  The deadline to apply has passed.

The TechCore Summer Institute, hosted by the Science Learning Institute (SLI), is a free three-week online program open to graduating high school seniors and equivalency earners exploring the field of computer science for the first time.

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About the TechCore Program

TechCore is a cohort program for students on a guided pathway to an Associate’s Degree for Transfer in Computer Science (ADT-CS).

Research shows that women, Black, Latinx, and Pacific Islander individuals, and low-income individuals are underrepresented in STEM disciplines in higher education and in the workplace.

Our program provides students from underrepresented groups in the STEM field a shared learning experience to ensure their success in the transfer pathway.

Additionally, cohort programs have been proven to contribute to successful attainment of goals, such as a transfer degree, for all students. TechCore aims to break stereotypes of who can be successful in STEM by equipping students with tools and supports in both academic and work-based settings.

TechCore is open to all students. Eligible students may receive two years free tuition and textbooks through the Foothill College Promise program.

TechCore provides you with

  • A specific two-year course sequence in a cohort environment.
  • Academic support and tutoring.
  • Field trips, guest speakers, and other enrichment activities to provide exposure to careers in the tech field.
  • Summer internships in the tech field with scholarships.
  • Caring mentors and advisors.

Two-Year Course Sequence

All classes will generally be conducted in-person or synchronously online. Classes will be held in the 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. block and 1:30 to 3:45pm block, Monday to Friday. 

Select a year to see  courses by terms.

Year One


MATH 48A: Precalculus I (5 units)

MATH 48B: Precalculus II (5 units)

MATH 48C: Precalculus III (5 units)

MATH 22: Discrete Mathematics (5 units)

CS 3A: Object-Oriented Programming Methodologies in Python (4.5 units)

CS 3B: Intermediate Software Design in Python (4.5 units)

CS 3C: Advanced Data Structures & Algorithms in Python (4.5 units)

MDIA 11: Introduction to Popular Culture (4 units)

CNSL 72: Stress, Wellness, and Coping (3 units)

ENGL 1A: Composition & Reading (5 units)

ENGL 1B: Composition, Critical Reading & Thinking through Literature (5 units)



PSYC 30: Social Psychology


PHOT 8: Photography of Multicultural America


Year Two


MATH 1A: Calculus (5 units)

MATH 1B: Calculus (5 units)

MATH 1C: Calculus (5 units)

CS 10: Computer Architecture & Organization (4.5 units)

PHYS 4A: General Physics (6 units)

PHYS 4B: General Physics (6 units)

COMM 2: Interpersonal Communication (5 units)

HIST 17C: History of the United States from 1914 to the Present (4 units)

POLI I: Political Science: Introduction to American Government & Politics (5 units)

ANTH 1: Introduction to Physical Anthropology (4 units)

MDIA 1: Introduction to Film Studies


Ready to Join TechCore?

For reference, download our TechCore Program Overview

If you are interested in signing up for the program, which is getting ready to launch in fall 2020, please contact  


Foothill hills

Please email me!

Sophia Kim, Director Science Learning Institute