State of California grant provides tuition subsidy for three-part STEM game training programs
San Jose, CA – June 12, 2017 Transmosis Corp. and the San José – Evergreen Community College District Workforce Institute (WI) are hosting a three-course Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) gaming series this summer. Their first advanced game training starts June 19. The program is funded from a grant through the State of California, therefore tuition for students in the training is waived.
The summer series focuses on different aspects of actual game development, prototyping, building, and more advanced techniques, taught by experienced gaming professionals. “In a prior workshop, I was blown away by the creativity and drive of the students. I cannot wait to see what they can build in our advanced summer workshops,” said Chapin Boyer, who is one of the instructors.
In the first training, “Game Prototype Workshop,” students will learn to prototype. Stone Librande, a Lead Designer at Riot Games, will be a guest presenter. “We are lucky to have Librande speak at our prototype workshop,” commented Serena Lam, Program Advisor. “He is an incredibly talented industry veteran.”
The first training runs Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 19 through June 30 in San José at WI. No coding experience is necessary. The application deadline for “Game Prototype Workshop” is 5 p.m. on June 16.
In the second training, “3D Game Design Workshop,” students will learn how to create 3D games utilizing the software Unity, from 10 a.m.-3 p. m. July 5 through July 21. No coding experience is required. Students will take a field trip to a gaming company, where they will meet with industry professionals and may ask for their career advice.
The last training session of the gaming series, “Advanced Game Design,” enables students to learn advanced techniques in Unity, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 24 through August 2, Monday through Friday. Basic coding skills are required. Anyone who has completed the “3D Game Design Workshop” is eligible to apply.
Students can attend one session or all three sessions.
“We set up the advanced workshop and open lab hours for students to have the opportunity to improve the game they are building. That way, they can use it as portfolio to apply for internships in the future,” said Lam.
The summer gaming series provides participants with STEM education and skills training. Applicants should be interested in working and building a career in the digital gaming industry. Coding experience is not necessary, although it is good to have some computer or gaming experience. Those who are interested in a new career field are welcome to apply.
“We look forward to having the students at our site and seeing their achievements in some innovative STEM career pathways: Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Game Design and Coding,” said Lynette Gray, Associate Director at WI.
These gaming workshops deal with STEM challenges, stimulate students’ interests in the tech industry, and offer them an opportunity to build a game for their portfolio as well as prepare for comprehensive college STEM courses and degrees.
To apply: https://www.transmosis.com/gaming
Transmosis www.transmosis.com is an organization founded by Silicon Valley technology entrepreneurs dedicated to the
research and application of technology to strengthen the American workforce. Transmosis is delivering the gaming design
academy bootcamp. Transmosis is a nationally recognized Workforce Intermediary focused on enabling companies to
build a pipeline of skilled labor by helping individuals address skill gaps through state and federal training dollars. For
more information, visit www.transmosis.com.
About San José – Evergreen Workforce Institute
The San José – Evergreen City College District’s Workforce Institute http://www.wi-sjeccd.org catalyzes opportunity, social justice, and equity in Silicon Valley by promoting economic mobility in our diverse communities, and creating a highly skilled workforce essential for the future competitiveness of Silicon Valley in a global economy. For more information, call (408) 918-5100 or visit http://www.wi-sjeccd.org
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