From picking berries to programming

“We’re only one hour away from Silicon Valley, but we might as well be on the other side of the planet,” says Zahi Kanaan-Atallah, dean of advanced technology at Hartnell Community College in Salinas. A Japanese-American orchid grower has funded an intensive program to get students — most are the children of immigrant farmworkers — to a computer science degree in three years.

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  1. Interesting idea, but I doubt it will work.

    Most computer science degrees (from a accred. school) require math including calculus, linear algebra, diff eqns, and abstract algebra, and usually two semesters of engineering physics (for the bachelor of science track), while the B.A. Track requires less math, you’ll still need to pass two semesters of calc, linear algebra, and at least a semester of diff eqns, along with 12 credit hours of science, and 15 credit hours outside of your major in upper division courses.

    Sounds good, doubt it will actually happen.