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Industry Collaboration

We pride ourselves on keeping industry involved with the program through a wide variety of engagement activities tailored to the goals of individual industry members and their organizations, while developing the professional skills of our students. Here are some of the many ways you can get involved:

Job Postings: Refer open positions for jobs and/or internships.

Onsite Recruiting: Interview students on campus.

Facility Tours: Host a student/student groups for company tours or other onsite activities.

North Seattle Tech Talks: Attend, present, or sponsor one of our Tech Talks.

Career Fairs: Participate in our STEM Career Fair and/or other career fairs at North Seattle College.

Practicum Projects: Engage a team of students to develop a web, mobile, cloud computing, or data science project that address the needs of your organization. Your organization does not need to be in the tech industry to participate. You can learn more about Practicum Projects here.

Advisory Board: Help us determine the direction of our program with curriculum advising and program decision-making. You can learn more about our Advisory Board here.

Technical Lectures & Teaching: Give a lecture to one of our classes, or teach one!

Mentoring: Work with a student on a one-on-one basis.

Consortiums: Get involved with our partners at WTIA and AppConnectNW, among others.

Mock Interviews: Help students get ready for their next interview through in-class training, workshops, and one-on-one interview preparation.

Internships: Provide a student with a real-world learning opportunity. You will gain an enthusiastic team member.

Benefits: The many benefits to collaborating with our program, including: access to a diverse pool of technical workers and the opportunity to influence the skills of the future workforce through curriculum advising. Here are what some of our industry partners are saying:

“Working with the Technical Advisory Committee team over the last few years has been a fulfilling experience. The TAC team not only help shape the college’s Application Development program, but works directly with the young talent to prepare them for their career in the industry – something, I believe, every employer should engage in. The program has made an amazing progress in short amount of time – from a small cohort and basic programming classes to two full cohorts and advanced classes like Cloud Computing, Big Data and Machine Learning. Now, we can hire well qualified interns and junior developers that match our skill needs - straight from the source. I am looking forward to continue my participation as an advisor and employer and hope to see more industry leaders join us.” --Toddy Mladenov, Chief Technology Officer, Agitare Technologies, Inc.

“The Spring class of 2018 did a [practicum] project for my company PopSmartKids, an edtech company that is reimagining screen time for kids. The students helped build a website that would serve as a landing page for the products and services provided by the company. The students quickly organized themselves in teams and paid attention to the individual skill sets of each member so that they could provide the maximum value for my company. They focused on listening to my requirements, change requests and feedback for the work. All throughout the project they maintained open channels of communication and kept me updated with the progress. At the final presentation one of the teams went above and beyond in bringing their A-game to the table - in offering a product that was customizable, user-friendly and had adequate documentation to support future work.” --Priyanka Raha, Founder & CEO, PopSmartKids

“I was fortunate to work with a group of very motivated and hard working students who really cared and took the time to understand the ultimate goal of my project which is to provide children with disabilities and their families access to information about activities in their communities that will benefit their overall health and well-being. Not only did the students learn the technical aspects of application development but more importantly they learned how to translate what they are doing to a language that can be understood by all. A solid relationship was built between myself and the students such that the students plan to, as best they can, help me take the project to completion. I couldn't ask for a better outcome.”

--Cheryl Kerfeld,

Questions? Contact us!

For more information, contact our Internship and Employment Coordinator, Steve Balo, at or 206-675-7022.

For information about teaching a class or joining our advisory board please contact our Program Manager, Michelle Melero, at or 206-934-7025.