Google is expanding one of its programs to bring more black engineers to the tech space!

The company announced today that they’re growing their Howard West program, which launched last year as a 3-month residency for Howard University students at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Now, the coding program will last a full academic year and will be open to other historically black colleges and universities.

“The pilot exceeded our expectations in many ways,” Google engineer Howard Sueing said in a blog post. “Students and faculty noted both the rigor and immersion in life at Google as the program’s most compelling aspects, and the Googlers involved felt there was a true exchange of knowledge, culture and understanding.”

This is Google’s latest effort to diversify its workforce. According to TechCrunch, Google is currently 31 percent female, 2 percent black and 4 percent Latinx. USA TODAY reports that that “top universities turn out African-American and Hispanic computer science and computer engineering graduates at twice the rate leading tech companies hire them.”

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