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Tech-in-Residence Corps students and instructor

Andrew Bristow, head of cybersecurity at Chobani, at rear in dark sweater, with students in the Tech-in-Residence Corps program.

Credit: The Wall Street Journal

Tech employees from companies including Google, LinkedIn, and Spotify are teaching 22 computer-science courses at the City University of New York this semester. The instructors are recruited through a city program called Tech-in-Residence Corps to help the university meet a soaring demand for technology classes including data analytics, data science, and cybersecurity.

"The biggest concern our students have right now is getting into the courses that they want, because we can't staff them fast enough," said Marios Koufaris, chair of the Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business.

Enrollment in the department's master of science in information systems program has tripled over the past three years, with 316 students enrolled as of this spring, Koufaris said. Students on all career paths are clamoring for technology instruction.

More than 1,500 students have taken 73 classes across nine CUNY campuses through the Tech-in-Residence Corps. Instructors are paid a $3,500 stipend per course, with the funding coming from the city.

Grant Long, a senior economist at StreetEasy who teaches computer-science classes to CUNY students, said the Tech-in-Residence Corps helps tech companies recruit diverse talent in a competitive market.

From The Wall Street Journal
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