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Capital One Coders Program Introduces A New Generation of Black Coders

Lisa Collins talks STEM education, her contribution to the Capital One Coders program, and her journey in the technology industry as a Black woman. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies are often portrayed as areas with high barriers of entry and low retention, especially for Black students. But Lisa Collins, director of data engineering at Capital One, does not subscribe to that worn-out stereotype. The Richmond, VA native believes her career passion now lies within the field of tech and data. She has served in many roles at Capital One over the last 15 years, but now she actively volunteers in her community with the Capital One Coders program finding ways to help spark young student’s passion for all things STEM. AfroTech spoke with Collins to learn more about the Capital One Coders program and her role as a volunteer, mentor, and lead co-sponsor in the initiative to bring STEM into every classroom. From an early age, Collins knew education would be the bedrock...

Nov 5, 2019