During the last semester of 2018, Oracle Academy Brazil, in collaboration with Oracle Volunteering and Corporate Citizenship, mentored more than 80 graduate students of SENAC – Servico Nacional de Aprendizagem Comercial.
Ten Oracle Volunteers supported six classes of students in delivering integrated projects centered on computer engineering and digital gaming. In addition to providing technical feedback and project quotes, the volunteers presented on specific topics such as artificial intelligence, and helped the students come up with solid, realistic IT solutions for their projects.
The results were impressive! One Oracle Volunteer, Ricardo Kobara, Field Support Engineer, Global IT, stated, “SENAC students are really prepared to enter the labor market. The part that I enjoyed most was inspiring them to continue building their knowledge base, and giving them the confidence to transform their project ideas into real business cases.” Another mentor, Breno Comin, Alliances Consultant, agreed: “The overall experience of supporting these students on their practical projects was very interesting and engaging. Our goal was to guide the students, but we found that they already knew a lot about technology and could discuss concepts in a very detailed way. I had a great time!”
The students were also excited to connect with these Oracle experts. Rafael Tejii Tengan, a computer engineering student, said, “I am sure that all my colleagues were very motivated to be mentored by employees of a technology company like Oracle. One of our mentors, Jacques Bretas, Sales Representative OD Prime for Oracle, helped us better structure our ideas, which was especially helpful given that we only had 3 to 4 months to complete this project. We could see how excited he was about the projects and results.”
Professor Sergio Nascimento, Graduation Director of SENAC, said, “This was a great opportunity to give the students exposure to high-level professionals from the IT industry, creating a bridge between academia and industry. We would like to thank Oracle and the group of volunteers for supporting this program. The students loved the experience, and we hope to make it available to future classes, as well.”
Oracle Academy celebrated the successful conclusion of this first cycle of the program by giving the students participation certificates, which they were happy to include in their resumes. We appreciate Oracle Volunteers collaborating with us on this important initiative, which provided full engagement and support to an Oracle Academy Institutional Member, increasing the quality of our relationship and helping us advance computer science globally.
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