March 8, 2023 – Hands-on lessons in coding and assembling computers were among several activities taking place at Andrew Jackson High School earlier this month during a special ribbon cutting ceremony for the school’s new technology lab.
The lab was made possible thanks to the school’s growing partnership with CSI Companies.
“We want them to level up. And we believe that technology is certainly one of the avenues to be able to do so,” said CSI Companies Chief Information Officer Melissa Fullmore-Hardwick.
In addition to investing $300,000 in technology and infrastructure improvements at the school, CSI Companies conducts bi-weekly workshops with students, exposing them to various career paths within the IT industry. CSI Companies has also identified a group of five students – known as the “Jackson Five” – with whom they provide further mentorship and support.
“I’m actually at their headquarters, working with the IT team themselves,” said Andrew Jackson student Hanna Blackstock, a member of the Jackson Five. “So it’s wonderful getting to experience corporate America. I’m eternally grateful.”
CSI Companies staff say that as students express interest in pursuing technology, they’ll work with them to gain certifications.
Watch the video above to learn more about this partnership, and to hear how students are being impacted.