BOSS Program


Founded in 2017, the BOSS program focuses on preparing middle school and high school boys for careers requiring a strong foundation in math, critical thinking, strong analytical, communication and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work collaboratively. BOSS achieves this through year-round programming designed to provide increased access to mentorship, equipment and the lessons necessary to succeed. 

With more than 4,000 students assisted by the program, dozens of BOSS graduates—including CSULB and COE alumni— have already made it through college, in-part thanks to BOSS’s multi-year commitment.

Co-located within the college, BOSS & COE will work together to increase their reach and effectiveness, envisioning a college with representation that mirrors the demographics of the communities we serve.

Meet & Greet at the Airport Marriott that allowed COE students of color, BOSS junior and senior scholars interested in engineering to network and receive practical academic and career advice from engineers from Amazon, AT&T, Google, Microsoft, Northrup Grumman, SCE and Turner Construction.
Programming and Past Events Include:
  • BOSS Talks
    • Virtual meetings that feature a guest speaker who can offer the students insights and guidance on how to become successful by sharing their life story and answering questions. Recent guest speakers include United Airlines Chief Pilot Brian Jackson, Super Bowl Videographer/Cinematographer Brian Bradley and Big-12 Chief Marketing Officer Tyrel Kirkham.
  • BOSS Data Science Club
    • By using numbers to tell the stories that the world needs, BOSS scholars develop data literacy that will protect them from the post-factual world in which we now live and empower them in many aspects of their lives.
  • Code Like a BOSS
    • This award-winning club provides an opportunity to aspiring coders to help them learn and practice problem-solving skills by breaking them down into smaller pieces and addressing each piece one at a time.
  • Camp Flog Gnaw
    • A group of BOSS scholars were selected by AEG, the leading presenter of sports and entertainment in the world, to participate in the unique opportunity to be exposed to careers in the live entertainment, music, and creative arts industries.
  • TYE Summer Shadow Day
    • TYE Summer Shadow Day provided a group of BOSS scholars the opportunity to learn firsthand about careers in banking, finance, real estate, STEM and more from successful entrepreneurs as part of TiE South Coast Orange County Young Entrepreneurs’ mission of fostering entrepreneurship and giving back.