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SDI Announces New Initiative: High School Real-world Internship, Specialization, and Education (HighRISE) Program for Junior to Senior High School Students

Updated: Jan 30

Falls Church, VA, January 25, 2024 – The Smart Development Institute (SDI) is excited to announce a new initiative, the High School Real-world Internship, Specialization, and Education (HighRISE) Program for Junior and Senior High School Students.


HighRISE Program aims to provide practical and hands-on training for high school students interested in pursuing a career in Information Technology, Data Sciences, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs.  HighRISE Program focuses on providing real-world opportunities for high school students to learn Smart Enabling Technology Tools for Information Management and Dissemination to support Outreach and Communication programs.


HighRISE Program is an accelerated learning program for two (2) to three (3) months focused on using “no-code/low-code” development platforms for websites and mobile apps.  This program will not teach any programming languages. Instead, it will focus on learning how to use the content management system (CMS) of the development platform, for creating, managing, and modifying contents of a website or mobile app without the need for programming. More importantly, HighRISE Program will expose students on the modalities of the corporate world on how fast things get done driven by business priorities while managing risks. HighRISE Program is not just focused on learning the technical aspects of technology but equally focused on learning the business.


Students will learn how to use tools that streamline and simplify the design and development of websites and mobile applications. To create on-target and high-impact information portals that meet the client’s needs, students will learn the following skills and apply their knowledge in a real-world environment:


  • how to conduct effective interviews of clients to gather, analyze, and validate requirements;

  • how to conduct data gathering and data analytics for content creation and management;

  • use creative thinking to design and develop attractive and high-impact portals or websites as well as mobile apps;

  • how to use “no-code/low-code website and mobile app development platforms” to quickly develop and deploy websites and/or mobile apps; and

  • deploy and maintain the websites and/or mobile apps plus content management.


Furthermore, SDI will assign a mentor to the students to guide them through the whole life cycle of the program. 


SDI is initially starting this program on a small scale of just five (5) high school interns but with a global reach.  Four (4) junior high school students from St. Paul College of Makati in Makati, Philippines and one (1) junior high school student from Oakton High School in Oakton, VA, USA.

Contact Information:

Smart Development Institute

Roberto Llames

+1-833-777-6278 x700 

JiAe Sohn

+1-833-777-6278 x701                        


2024-01-30 HighRISE Program for HS Students Press Release (Final)
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