Clark Atlanta University to host Google Career and Community Scholars Academy

Atlanta, GA (June 12, 2023) – Clark Atlanta University will host ninth graders from the Douglass High School STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Academy for the Google Career Community Scholars Academy as part of the university’s Professional Learning and Continuing Education (PLACE) initiative on June 20 – 23. The 4-day academy will give the students a glimpse into fields such as technology, media, and business. Additionally, the students will embark on an exciting tour of Hartsfield-Jackson to see the technology behind the complex luggage system at the world’s busiest airport.

“THE PLACE at Clark Atlanta University aims to engage learners and leaders in experiences that prepare them for their future,” said Mary A. Hooper, Ph.D., Associate Provost, Online Learning and Continuing Education

This Google Academy opportunity supports THE PLACE by helping develop skills through transformative workshops that provide invaluable insight to these young scholars.

Upon arrival at CAU, the students will be greeted by inflight professionals from Delta and United Airlines. They will receive Clark Atlanta University boarding passes and a passport for admission to this exciting career exploration tour. A bevy of workshops for the students includes Leadership vs. Management, Introduction to Digital Media, The History of Minorities in Technology, Introduction to Cybersecurity, and Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, and several others.

“With passports to the world of technology, students will explore business and technology in action thanks to community partnerships with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Google,” said Reginald D. Lewis, Director of Continuing Education, the PLACE at Clark Atlanta University.

Upon conclusion of the 4-day career exploration academy, the students will receive digital badges and certificates of completion.


About Clark Atlanta University Clark Atlanta University was formed with the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, both of which hold unique places in the annals of African American history. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African Americans. Clark College, established four years later in 1869, was the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African American student population. Today, with nearly 4,000 students, CAU is the largest of the four institutions (CAU, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Morehouse School of Medicine) that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium. It is also the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions. Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson; American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (Lift Every Voice and Sing “The Black National Anthem”; Ralph David Abernathy Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award-winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy.