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.
HighTechU is membership-based, allowing students to access a variety of benefits.
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“Teamwork will take you places you can't go by yourself.”
A project-focused, team-based program to explore how technology can be used to solve real-world problems alongside university and industry mentors.
Would you like to participate in the Virtual Skills Academy Pilot?
Academy students gain practical experience in teams while building professional skills that are critical for future education and career pathways.
Example Projects Completed during past Skills Academy Programs
Academy details are subject to change, but are currently scheduled to take place during the following periods:
|1||February 1 - March 14, 2020||Software Engineering||Saturdays||10am - 4pm|
|2||Postponed ||Software Engineering||Saturdays||10am - 4pm|
|3||July 6 - July 10, 2020||Computer Engineering||Monday - Friday||10am - 4pm|
Frequently Asked Questions
Who will be a successful applicant for
the Virtual Skills Academy?
Successful applicants for the Skills Academy program must demonstrate how they exemplify our six core values of respect, resilience, creativity, curiosity, teamwork
Am I eligible to apply for the HighTechU Dual Credit option?
Delivered for the first time fully-online , and facilitated through the use of web-based technologies to support collaboration
and project management, this week-long summer pilot will help students gain practical experience working in remote
teams while building the type of in-demand professional skills that are critical for future education and career pathways.
How do I apply for the Virtual Skills Academy?
New Member Applicants must complete an Academy Application Package, found at https://hightechu.ca/apply . This
must be submitted via email to email@example.com by the application deadline of 11:59pm on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 .
Past Academy Alumni wishing to participate in the Virtual Academy Pilot must email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the
deadline indicating their interest in participating in the Pilot.
What happens after I submit my application?
Following the submission deadline, Academy Application Packages will be reviewed by an internal selection committee, composed of HighTechU staff. Selected applicants will then be invited to a mandatory online group interview and information session, scheduled for Saturday, June 20th at 1:00PM, for further assessment.
Successful candidates will be informed of their interview results via email by June 24th.