Costa Mesa nonprofit teaches tech skills, life lessons
Dave Cornelius said a high school career day inspired his high-tech livelihood.
He recalled listening as a career-day speaker described how computers were producing novel contraptions in the arts and music.
Cornelius, now a speaker and coach focusing on a particular approach to software development called agile technology, would like to see more women and minorities, like him, enter the profession.
To that end, he founded 5 Saturdays, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit that teaches high school students software concepts, critical thinking and more. These skills are vital for a high-tech career — and valuable in life in general, he said.
“We’re giving them something tangible,” he said. “It’s how to be effective in life without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to get there.”
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