Humboldt County Office of Education: Technology Exploration Summer Institute (TESI)

TESI | Technology Exploration Summer Institute

Application Period Extended!
Deadline is now Wednesday, April 21.

Begin by downloading the Student Application Checklist.

TESI (Technology Career Exploration Summer Institute) is a free four week summer education program sponsored by HCOE’s Career and College Resource Department in partnership with College of the Redwoods. TESI provides local high school students* the opportunity to explore career fields in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

*Space is limited, priority may be given to graduating seniors

The program has expanded to offer TWO options

  • TESI I is an introduction to six main domains of ICT, plus an opportunity to visit local worksites that showcase the wide variety of the use of technology in industry. It is recommended that students begin their TESI experience in this program.
  • TESI II is designed for students who have previously participated in the TESI program, or have previous experience in computer programming or other related technologies. TESI II will provide students the tools to expand their knowledge and the opportunity for self-directed learning under the guidance of their instructor. Students will explore careers through a short, work-based learning experience with one of our industry partners.


  • TESI I: Clay McGlaughlin, College of the Redwoods Instructor
  • TESI II: Aletta Sauer, Retired Eureka High School Computer Programming and Engineering Teacher

Why should you apply?

  • Explore various technology careers
  • Gain experience in the industry
  • Will receive ½ unit of credit from College of the Redwoods

Topics Overview

  • Introduction to ICT
  • IT Concepts and Terminology
  • Infrastructure
  • Applications & Software
  • Software Development
  • Database Fundamentals
  • Security

Also included: Three days of touring ICT worksites and talking with industry professionals.

I think TESI was a nice experience, especially as a great foundation. I am thankful for the information and resources I got from TESI.”

Divjot Purewal

2023 TESI I Graduate

“I loved seeing the business side of a technology company. I liked seeing how the company uses its products. I also enjoyed meeting the nice members of the company and discussing their job roles.”

Rebeka Hang

2023 TESI II Graduate

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2024 Program Dates

June 17th – July 12th*
*No program 0n 6/19, 7/4, 7/5

Program Locations

Humboldt County Office of Education
901 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka

College of the Redwoods
7351 Tompkins Hill Road, Eureka

To be on our email list for program updates, email Ann Marie Rocha at 

Program Information

Ann Marie Rocha
Program and Event Coordinator

Career & College Coordinator

Tanya Trump
Director, Career & College Resources

TESI Partners

  • Humboldt County Office of Education
  • College of the Redwoods
  • Access Humboldt
  • Advanced Security Systems 
  • Cal Poly Humboldt 
  • Coastal Business Systems
  • County of Humboldt IT Division
  • Crestmark Millworks
  • Harper Motors
  • HCOE Comm Center
  • HCOE IT Department
  • MARZ Project
  • Redwood Capital Bank 
  • Sharp Auto Graphics and Signs
  • SHN Engineering 
  • Stream Guys
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