Tech companies ship all kinds of products to public schools: laptops, online writing programs, learn-to-code lessons and more.
Now Oracle, the business software services giant, is trying the opposite tack: bringing a public charter school to the company.
At its lush campus with a man-made lake here, Oracle is putting the finishing touches on a $43 million building that will house Design Tech High School, an existing charter school with 550 students. The sleek new school building has a two-story workshop space, called the Design Realization Garage, where students can create product prototypes. It has nooks in the hallways to foster student collaboration.
And when the school moves here in early January, Oracle employees will be available to mentor students in skills like business plan development and user-experience design.