Summer Program : UpGrade Computer Science Program

Summer Program : UpGrade Computer Science Program

Next Orientation & Registration

May 2021 

Location: Laney College – G273

900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94607


UpGrade Computer Science (UCS) Program

The CIS department and the Counseling department offer the summer, UpGrade Computer Science (CS) Program, which started in 2015. The founders, Johnnie Williams, Doug Cobb, and Kim Bridges developed and managed the resource to advance the college educational priorities to improve on the success of the students. The purpose of the program:  To prepare high school students and recent graduates for careers in Information Communication Technology (ICT), structured introduction to college, and higher education success techniques. The Upgrade Computer Science Program has created opportunities to join the rapidly expanding ICT workforce and give a clear view of higher education pathways and skills in ICT.  The summer program targeted: underrepresented groups in ICT such as women and minorities (African American, Latino, Asian Pacific Islanders, etc.) and open to all interested students entering their sophomore year in high school to seniors graduating. Enrollment process:  All students will be concurrently enrolled in Laney College and their high school. Through the concurrent enrollment process, students will receive Peralta Community College credits, transferable CSU/UC credits, and high school credit. The students who have graduated from high school will only receive transferable CSU/UC college credits. The UpGrade Computer Science Program will serve as a pathway program for students that are high school graduates and interested in attending Community College.



  • Contact:  Professor Johnnie Williams, UCS Program Director

  • Professor Kim Bridges, CIS Department Chair/UCS Program

Assistant Director –

  • Professor Douglas Cobb, Counselor/UCS Program Assistant Director