Andronica Matshihiso Klaas, a native of South Africa, is a graduate of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. She has attained a BSc in Computer Science Information Systems from Johnson C. Smith University in May of 2017. While attending Johnson C. Smith University, Andronica served as an HBCU White House Initiative Ambassador where she lobbied for inclusive recruitment efforts for first generation minority students with representatives from Google, the White House and members of the UNCF.
Amongst two of her peers, Andronica was able to secure a $5000 grant from Google, through theGoogle IgniteCS initiative for what would serve as a pilot Tech Camp named STEMites. STEMites is a leadership and tech summer camp that offers 20 students from title I schools the opportunity to learn how to develop a website using HTML. One that is aimed towards maturing minority students from underrepresented communities into leaders in technology, innovation and civic engagement.
Because of the program, 2 participants are now enrolled at Johnson C. Smith University as Computer Science majors. A result that keeps Andronica inspired to relaunch the camp once her fundraising goal has been met.
Miss Klaas is employed by Bank of America, N.A. where she serves as a Lead Quality Assurance Engineer. While ensuring quality delivery; Andronica is also a mentor for women in technology, a member of the employee engagement committee and a volunteer for the Ignite with Tech program where she reviews resumes for potential student employees while providing them with mock interviews.
Andronica has also been invited by the bank to share her journey at the “Inspire – Women who Tech” enrichment event for female freshman and sophomore students interested in pursuing roles in technology.
Lastly, Andronica hosts civic engagement and self-development workshops at summer camps and conferences geared towards improving the livelihood of minority students. Some of her notable workshops were hosted at the InTech Girls Camp, EmpowerHERment Conference and Camp LeadUp.