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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Today 100 NC high school students enrolled in Carolina Fintech Hub’s Youth Technology Apprentice Camp (YTAC) will take a virtual tour of Google’s Silicon Valley HQ followed by a virtual panel discussion.

The panel will include Mary Ellen Player, head of sales at sponsor Google Fiber, as well as reps of Live Oak Bank and nCino. The panel’s topic is making a successful post-school entry into the workforce. The tour of Google HQ and other YTAC virtual field trips are made possible by a donation of Google Cardboard.

The YTAC Winter Cohort is a three-week program, sponsored by Google Fiber, in which 100 high schoolers from underserved areas learn to code, play competitive esports, and  compete for cash prizes to build their own video game with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine.

YTAC’s first VR tour focused on Duke University’s campus, and included a panel discussion with current Duke students led by Quinci King of Audacity Labs.

Carolina Fintech Hub’s mission is to promote fintech companies, talent, and anchor partners to grow the ecosystem, making the Carolina region a global fintech destination. It focuses on talent, innovation, and outreach.

Says Jess George, Google Fiber’s Government & Community Affairs Manager in NC: “Since the beginning, digital inclusion has been a focus for Google Fiber. Our support of Carolina Fintech Hub’s Youth Technology Apprentice Camp (YTAC) allows us to help students from underserved communities access information and resources to help launch careers in tech. We look forward to seeing what this promising cohort comes up with during their run at YTAC — and beyond. ”

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