Payments technology company Circle is giving free crypto literacy programs to students across four historically black colleges and universities (HBCU).
As part of their fall 2022 curriculum, students can take either mandated or extracurricular classes in Circle's courses covering blockchain technology, Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), tokenization, Web 3.0 and applications.
Students who exceed their academic performance could be granted early access to apply for internments and employment within Circle.
The new program, part of Circle Impact, aims to improve the economy and financial inclusion.
These are not the first universities Circle has partnered with, earlier this year it offered a module in digital financial literacy to business students at Bowie State University in Maryland and Rhodes University in South Africa.
Circle Impact vice president Mercina Tillemann Perez said: “Launching Circle U in partnership with these esteemed academic institutions is a step toward helping to provide equitable access to education that can equip students with the necessary knowledge to become sophisticated actors and builders in this industry.”
The company has yet to disclose which four schools it has chosen out of 100 HBCUs across the US to benefit from its literacy program.
Regardless, Circle believes that many other organisations will follow suit with further academic institutions expected to have such resources for spring 2023.