Our Programs

Our Programs

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.

Find out more about the Member benefits by clicking on the buttons below


“Teamwork will take you places you can't go by yourself.”


Skills Academy

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

Scheduled Cohorts

Academy details are subject to change, but are currently scheduled to take place during the following periods:

COHORTPERIODFOCUS AREADAYSTIMES
1February 1 - March 14, 2020Software EngineeringSaturdays10am - 4pm
2Postponed March 28 - May 16, 2020 Software EngineeringSaturdays10am - 4pm
3July 6 - July 10, 2020Computer EngineeringMonday - Friday10am - 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 and innovation in their daily lives. With diversity as a cornerstone, applicants must also be able to demonstrate a range of interests and experiences outside of education and technology. 

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 hightechu@uvic.ca 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 hightechu@uvic.ca 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.

What is the cost for the Virtual Academy?

HighTechU is committed to ensuring we remain accessible to all students, regardless of socio-economic status.

As such, and thanks to the support of

Coast Capital Savings , the University of Victoria Faculty of Engineering , and the Department
of Electrical and Computer Engineering , this Virtual Skills Academy Pilot is being offered at

no-cost to participants.

Tech Bites Web Series


Tech Bites is a free, livestreamed series of Bite-size video for teens exploring cool and interesting tech topics & tools.

Tech Bites streams live on twitch.tv/hightechu and can be viewed on our YouTube channel

Tech Bites: Bite Size Tech Talks for Teens
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv5kZL4FtigXetMmjFORBq8QZ0YVPoZgd
Q&A Corner: Interactive Industry Interviews
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv5kZL4FtigXPRywzx05AgfEY505a09Pd

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