Norfolk State University, the historically Black educational institution in Virginia, has entered into a partnership with Netflix and 2U, a global leader in technology education.
The university will hold three online tech boot camps for current students as well as alumni from the class of 2019 and 2020. Students who are accepted are eligible to receive a Netflix scholarship that will cover the cost of attendance. The Netflix Virtual HBCU Boot Camp will allow 130 Norfolk State students and alumni to take part in an intensive 16-week course covering in-demand technology skills. These courses bring together 2U’s digital education platform, a custom-built curriculum designed with the Netflix product team, and Norfolk State University faculty who will co-facilitate the boot camps.
“This program is exclusive to NSU for the spring 2021 semester,” said Patricia Mead, chair of the department of engineering at Norfolk State University. “It gives students the chance to receive instruction based on a curriculum that has been developed in partnership with the leading streaming service in the world, and students get one-on-one mentoring from Netflix employees. Both graduate and undergraduate students can participate.”
Dr. Mead joined the graduate faculty at Norfolk State University in April 2004. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she majored in physics. She holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk and a master’s degree in electrophysics from what is now the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. She holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.