CS Learning Communities 2024

If you are majoring in computer science, a CS Learning Community can provide you with the support and structure you’ll need to succeed in college and be prepared for job opportunities after college.

­čÄô CS Learning Community students receive significant support to succeed in their Computer Science classes and to prepare for a┬ámeaningful INTERNSHIP experience. ­čÄô

How do CS Learning Communities help you succeed?

Summer Bridge

Get headstart on college and your professional preparation for:

  • High school to college transition
  • Math, English and
  • Computer Science

Learning Community

Instead of going through college by yourself, be part of a community of students, study together and support each other through the challenges of college.

Connect with Students in Other Colleges

CS Learning Communities program is offered at multiple institions. You will build a strong network on students across these institutions to get a headestart on your CS career.

Financial Support

Receive $1000 to $2000 in financial assistance for completing assigned learning goals for a total $12K over the first two years of college.*

* contingent on funding availability.

Important Information


CS Learning Communities is open to any student who is getting started in their Computer Science major. You can be part of a learning community during Fall or Spring semester. Currently, the program is available for students in the following institutions:

  • Cal State Dominguez Hills
  • Cal State Monterey Bay
  • El Camino College
  • Hartnell College

You must be registered in 12 units and taking at least one computer science related course.

No prior knowledge of computer science (programming, coding, etc.) is required.

Application/Admissions Process

1. Complete the CS Learning Communities application form

Apply to CS Learning Communities during Fall or Spring semester. If you are already in the program during Fall and in good standing, you will automatically be moved on to the Spring semester.

You will receive email instructions and access to online content to on board you into the program. Students applying early in the summer before their first semester are strongly encouraged to apply to BECS – Bridge Experience for CS program offered by CTI.

Key Dates
Date Activity/Item CSUMB or CS++
October – November CSUMB application window is open CSUMB
October 1 CS++ online application opens CS++
January – May Group video interviews for CS++ CS++
March – April Notification of admission to CSUMB CSUMB
April 30 Priority deadline for CS++ applications CS++
May 1 Deadline to confirm enrollment at CSUMB CSUMB
May 20, 2024 Final date to apply to CS++ CS++
May 31, 2024 Final notifications of acceptance to CS++ CS++
June – August Bridge Experience for Computer Science (BECS) CS++
Bridge Experience for Computer Science (BECS) - Pre College Preparation

CS++ kicks off with an hybrid summer bridge experience aimed at building a strong cohort community, introducing you to Computer Science, and laying the foundation for habits and strategies that will ensure your success in the first year of college. During summer bridge, you will have the opportunity to interact with engineers and our alums at some of our industry partners, which may include Amazon, Apple, DoorDash, Google, Lyft, Quizlet, Slack, Salesforce, Uber, VMWare, etc.

More details about the BECS workshop will be communicated during and after the interview.

Financial Support

Because of the increased time commitment and expectation that CS Learning Community students will go above and beyond in their academic pursuits, students accepted into the program are eligible for a financial assistance (This is contingent on funding availability).  As long as students maintain good standing with program, the assistance is distributed based on the completion of the following:

* Currently, funding has been secured for the first two distributions listed below ($3000 in total per student)

Summer Bridge Experience (BECS): $1,000
First Year Fall Requirements: $2,000
First Year Spring Requirements: $2,000
First Year Summer Requirements: $1,000

Second Year Fall Requirements: $2,000
Second Year Spring Requirements: $2,000
Second Year Summer Requirements: $2,000

Are you interested to learn more?
  • If you are not yet ready to apply, but would like to be added to our contact list, please complete this interest form. This is the best way to get you on our radar so that we can reach out with information about upcoming info sessions, application deadlines, etc.
  • If you have any questions, please write to daniela@computingtalentinitiative.org
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