Based in the University of Victoria Faculty of Engineering, HighTechU is an innovative learning community & skills incubator for high-school-aged youth to make connections, build professional skills, and explore diverse education and career pathways related to technology.
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“Don't be afraid if you think [technology] is not for you, because it probably is if you've displayed an interest.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Common questions from past applicants.
Is HighTechU just about computers and coding?
No, HighTechU is about much more than just coding. Our programs are about empowering youth with the diverse skills and knowledge they need to succeed and thrive in the 21st century workplace.
Who is it for?
HighTechU is for interested high-school students who are looking
How do I apply?
What is the selection process for membership?
Applications are reviewed by a selection committee on a monthly basis to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria. Once reviewed, applicants will be contacted
Due to limited resources of this new program, membership will be capped at 100 students for the 2019-2020 season.
Is there a cost?
Applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $10, which will also cover annual membership fees for the 2019-20 season. Further details on payments will be provided upon receipt of a completed application. Please note that annual membership fees
HighTechU is committed to ensuring we remain accessible to all students, regardless of socioeconomic status. As such, we are committed to working with students and families to ensure that fees do not impact participation.
How long does membership last?
Memberships last from the date of acceptance until the following August and can be renewed annually. In the event that an applicant/member is deemed to be a hazard to the safety and/or rights of others, or has violated the guidelines and expectations set out for all members, HighTechU reserves the right to dismiss or refuse membership.
What are the membership critera?
Students eligible to become a member of HighTechU must satisfy all four of the following criteria:
- Be a high-school student, or a
homelearner, living and studying in BC . Have an interest in learning through/about technology.
- Demonstrate a commitment to the HighTechU Core Values (see below)
. Meetand maintain the Member Standards and Expectations (see below).
What are the member standards and expectations?
As a member of HighTechU, you are expected to meet the following standards and expectations:
- Uphold and demonstrate the HighTechU Core Values (see below).
- Actively support HighTechU in creating positive, safe, and inclusive learning environments.
- Refrain from verbal, physical or virtual harassment of any kind
. Refrainfrom consumption of illegal drugs and alcohol while taking part in programs.