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

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Congratulations to the 2022 TESI Program participants!


TESI | Technology Exploration Summer Institute

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

This year, the program is expanding 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, and potential mentoring from IBM professionals (tentative).

Application Details

  • Applications Due: April 21, 2023
  • Interviews: May 8-10

Download the Student Application Checklist to get started!

If accepted, you and a parent/guardian will be required to attend a parent orientation meeting on May 18, 2023 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at College of the Redwoods.

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2023 Program Dates

June 20th – July 14th

Program Information

Megan Freitas
Department Secretary

Career & College Coordinator

Tanya Trump
Director, Career & College Resources

TESI Partners

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Education At Work Logo
Dalet Access Labs Logo
Education at Work Initiatives
Education at Work
Trades Academy
Health Career Education Pathway
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Career Speaker Series