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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…August 03, 2017…COSTA MESA, CALIF….Students from Early College High School recently completed the 5 Saturdays workshop, which introduced them to Agile principles, lean business, and technology, including skills to develop mobile applications. This is the second year that students from Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s Early College High School participated in the program.

As part of the summer workshop, students also learned about innovation, as well as job readiness, resume writing, and effective communications/interviewing skills. Twenty students earned Agility Team Leader certifications and community service hours for their participation.

Dr. David Martinez, principal at Early College High School, said the innovative 5 Saturdays program is invaluable for students. “We want to help students dream big and explore science, technology, engineering, Agile, and math as future careers paths,” Dr. Martinez said. “This program shows students that they can do just about anything with the right learning experiences, skills, and way of thinking.”

“We are delighted to have concluded our second summer workshop with students from Early College High School. Dr. Dave Martinez is a wonderful partner, and we appreciate working collaboratively with him and the students to achieve the best possible results,” said Dr. Dave Cornelius, founder of 5 Saturdays. “We are committed to exposing students to Agile and Scrum life principles, as well as technology skills. 5 Saturdays wants students to build personal confidence and succeed, so we focus on having students discover and use their individual power and leadership skills. It is exciting to see students take ownership for lifelong learning.

“In addition, 5 Saturdays extends heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our 2017 program sponsors, including Scrum Alliance, Agile Alliance, Experis, Technossus, Neudesic, and KnolShare.org. Their support helps guarantee success for students and opens doors for students interested in information technology and business careers,” Dr. Cornelius said.

Also as part of the 5 Saturdays summer workshop, Urmila Menon, Vice President, Client Technology at Allied Universal, shared about the technology journey in mobile applications, and Al Brown, Vice President, Engineering at Veritone, Inc., discussed his experience in big data and artificial intelligence. Nineteen industry professionals volunteered as learning facilitators and received the Agility Leadership certificate of completion.

In other news, 5 Saturdays announced that:

  • Innovation and lean business start-up workshop, as well as programs focused on mobile application development were delivered this year.
  • Michele Marshall has joined the 5 Saturdays Leadership Council. Marshall is Managing Director in Northern California for Experis, a ManpowerGroup Company, leading a team responsible for delivering workforce solutions that solve technology based business objectives.
  • The first 5 Saturdays scholarship were offered to Valeria Cruz and Fatima Santiago. The two Estancia High School graduates attended the 5 Saturdays program three years in a row.


About 5 Saturdays

Started in 2013, Costa Mesa-based 5 Saturdays focuses on opening the door for underserved students to a career in information technology and business. Students learn in a collaborative and project-based environment, and are exposed to concepts such as Kanban and user stories that they can use right away to tackle homework or community service activities, and in the future as they move on to college and a career. Teaching is done by industry professionals, coaches, and trainers, who donate their time and serve as learning facilitators. For more information, visit 5Saturdays.org.