Microsoft Reaches Out To Area Minority Students

REDMOND, Wash. – November 19, 1996 — Microsoft will host 80 minority students on its Redmond campus as part of B.A.M. Minority Student Day on November 19, 1996. The program, hosted by Blacks at Microsoft (B.A.M.) is the seventh annual day for minority students hosted by the software company.

“We are excited by the success of this program in exposing students of color to the opportunities in the wide variety of careers at Microsoft,”
says Keith Toussaint, this year’s program chair.
“B.A.M. members take their responsibility to mentor a new generation of workers very seriously. Hopefully, some of them will return to Microsoft as employees one day.”

B.A.M. Minority Student Day brings 80 minority high school students and their advisors to an all day program, including hands-on demonstrations, tours of the Microsoft campus, and briefings on the latest technologies Microsoft is developing. Highlights include the opportunity for students to develop their own high-tech product, using Microsoft®
tools. The day is designed to be both educational and fun.

Participating students are high achievers, selected by local teachers and advisors from inner city and urban high schools in the Seattle School District. Participants will spend time with Patty Stonesifer, Microsoft’s Senior Vice President for its Interactive Media Division, and will be briefed by Microsoft product developers and researchers. Awards will be presented at the end of the day to the students who have used Microsoft technology most creatively to develop their own personal Web pages.

B.A.M. Minority Student Day is part of a larger Microsoft effort to encourage under-represented groups to choose technology careers. In addition, Microsoft has an extensive scholarship program for women and minorities. Microsoft has also partnered with the United Negro College Fund to improve high-tech opportunities for students at historically black colleges and universities.

Black’s At Microsoft (B.A.M.) works to support the continued growth of African American employees at Microsoft and to reach out to the broader African American community. The organization assists Microsoft in its commitment to growing as a culturally aware, socially responsible and racially diverse corporation.>

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