Santa Teresa High Receives National Award for Diverse and Inclusive Computer Science Program

by: David Burge

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Santa Teresa High School’s computer literacy program receives national honors.

The program, taught by Saul Nunez, received the Microsoft TEALS Founders Award, beating computer literacy programs from 500 schools.

TEAL (Technology, Education and Literacy in Schools) is a Microsoft Philanthropies program that provides IT industry mentors to classrooms that lack access to fair IT education.

Santa Teresa High School was the only school chosen out of 500 Microsoft TEALS schools for its outstanding progress in creating a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable computer science curriculum.

Students met virtually with cybersecurity mentors. These mentors come from a variety of backgrounds and this allows students to see themselves as successful too, according to a press release.

High-tech mentors taught Nunez students cybersecurity content towards a CompTIA Sec+ certification which is a global certification that validates the foundational skills needed to perform basic security functions and pursue a career in IT security.

Ryan H. Bowman