Through The Years: 20 Years of TAF!

Take a look at how far we’ve come. Starting with a vision of equity for students of color and growing into a STEM leader.

1996 - 1997: We Had a Vision

The story of how TAF got started goes like this... Trish and Jill...
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1997 - 1998: Our First Programs

After a year of planning and community engagement, TAF launched...
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1998 - 1999: Oprah Calls

With the Technical Teens Internship Program (TTIP) and Virtual ...
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1999 - 2000: TAF Grows

TAF grew so much we needed a new space! We acquired a spac...
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2000 - 2001: Dot Com Bubble

By the year 2000, TAF is gaining a great reputation among cor...
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2001 - 2002: TAF Goes Younger

In 2001 TAF received our first National Award -- The Computer Wor...
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2002 - 2003: Time to Focus

The DOT Com bust seemed to have an end in site, the Technical Tee...
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2003 - 2004: Ambassadors

Chameleons, Iguanas and Jaguars on my! Why let all the middle and...
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2004 - 2005: Feel the Magic

TAF once again hits the national stage when Magic Johnson attende...
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2005-2006: Stability

With a focus on program stability, the 2005-2006 was somewhat une...
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2006-2007: Foreshadows

TechStart launches in 5 schools in White Center (Highline School ...
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2007-2008: End of an Era

This year marks the end of an era.  The Technical Teens Internsh...
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2008-2009: First Year of TAF Academy

TAF ushers in a new era with the opening of TAF Academy and makes...
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Stay Tuned for the Next 3 Years of TAF History

We are very excited to bring you the 20 year history of TAF, five years at a time. Please come back and visit this timeline so you too can experience our journey.
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TAF@20 Sponsors

TAF has continued to innovate, grow and serve more students because of key investments from our corporate and foundation partners.  The partners below have made an additional investment to ensure TAF thrives in the next 20 years!

Internship Partners

Over the years, the following companies have provided paid summer internships to TAF students. They made an investment in our students’ futures and the future of the technology industry.

ABC News
Acadio Corporation
Ad Relevance, Inc.
Alaska Airlines
All Star Directories, Inc.
Avenue A
Azalea Software
Berlex Laboratories
Blue Tarp Foundation
Cancer Research & Biostatistics
Casey Family Foundation
Center for Health Studies
City of Kirkland
City of Mercer Island
City of Seattle
Cobalt Group
Community Health Plan of Washington
Continental Savings
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Davis Wright Tremaine, LLC
Force and Motion
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Free Range Media, Inc.
Gont Inc.
Group Health Cooperative
Heller Ehrman Attorneys
Luminant Worldwide Network

Microsoft Corporation
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Perkins Coie
PlayTime Inc.
Pop Multimedia
Preston Gates & Ellis
Pride Foundation
Puget Sound Blood Center
Pyramid Communication
Real Networks
Russell Investments
Safeco Corporation
Seattles Best Coffee
Seattle Public Library
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Sonics & Storm
Seattle Times
South Seattle Star Journal
T3 Media
United Parcel Service
Vertebrae Design
Visio Corporation
Volt Services Group
Waggener Edstrom
Walker Richer & Quinn, Inc.
Wizards of the Coast

Colleges TAF Students Have Attended

TAF students have attended the colleges below.  The list continues to grow each and every year!

Art Institute of Texas
Bard College at Simon Rock
Bellevue College
Benedict College
BYU Idaho
Chapman University
Clark University
Devry Institute of Technology
Eastern Washington University
Florida State University
Grambling State University
Green River Community College
Grinnell College
Hampton University
Howard University
Johnson C. Smith University
Knox College
Lane College
Livingstone College
Marymount Manhattan College
Mills College
Morehouse College
New York State Fashion Institute of Technology
North Carolina A&T
North Carolina State University
North Park University
North Seattle Community College
Northwest College
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Pacific Lutheran University
Pepperdine University
Portland State University

Rensselaer Polytech
Renton Technical College
Seattle Central Community College
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Seattle Vocational Institute
Shoreline Community College
South Seattle Community College
Spelman College
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
Tougaloo College
University of British Columbia
University of California San Diego
University of Hawaii
University of La Verne
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Portland
University of Southern California
University of Washington
University of Washington, Bothell
University of Washington, Tacoma
Virginia State University
Washington State University
Western Washington University
Whatcom Community College
Whittier College
Williams College
Xavier University of Louisiana