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Melaleuca to Host Free IT Boot Camp for High School Students this Summer

Melaleuca to Host Free IT Boot Camp for High School Students this Summer

Published online: May 10, 2023
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Melaleuca is now accepting applications from high school students to attend its free Information Technology (IT) Boot Camp this summer. Created for students interested in learning about the IT field, this five-day workshop will teach them how to create their own smartphone app and build interactive web pages using a variety of IT tools.

High school students should apply by May 31 at for consideration.

Taking place from July 24 to July 28 at Melaleuca Global Headquarters in Idaho Falls, the camp is open to 25 students from southeast Idaho. This year’s camp is under the leadership of Nathan Birch, a professor of Computer Information Technology at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Throughout the week, Birch will guide the students to develop their own apps and web pages using software like C#, .NET, and iOS. The students will also attend guest lectures and receive mentorship from Melaleuca’s IT directors and team members.

In previous years, students created apps that were as unique as their personalities. While some apps have been practical in nature, including a schedule manager and a metric-to-standard conversion calculator, others have been playful, like a shark and superhero encyclopedia or a software that matches a person’s age to that of various cheeses.

“Melaleuca created this hands-on technology camp in an effort to help students develop into leaders of innovation while educating them about the exciting and meaningful opportunities within the field of information technology,” said Melaleuca Chief Information Officer Todd Sorenson. “We want more of Idaho’s students to be thoroughly prepared for these opportunities, and we believe that strengthening their foundation in computer science will serve them in securing rewarding careers in science and technology.”

As one of the largest e-commerce companies in North America, Melaleuca hopes to expand the participants’ knowledge to prepare them for a future in IT. This program gives students an inside look at how technology is used on the job at this $2 billion global enterprise.

“Based on the high level of interest and students’ positivity about this program, we know that many Idaho students are passionate about innovation and technology,” Sorenson said. “This has been a fun program, and we are regularly impressed with the previous students’ ingenuity and abilities.”

This is the fifth year that Melaleuca is holding this community outreach program. There will be a morning session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an afternoon session from noon to 3 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided by the company.

As the sponsor, Melaleuca will select applicants based on their interest in the IT industry, their experience with computer programming, relevant coursework, and their GPA.

Applications are being accepted until May 31. Interested students should reach out with questions by emailing or by calling Londyn Nye at 208-534-2224.


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