Amazon just announced that more than 1,000 high schools across the country will offer Introductory and Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science courses funded by the Amazon Future Engineer program – part of Amazon’s $50 million investment in computer science and STEM education. Over 700 of the schools are designated as Title I schools by the Department of Education. And, Amazon is looking to add 1,000 more.
Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part, childhood-to-career program that works to inspire and educate 10 million children and young adults each year from underprivileged, underrepresented, and underserved communities across the country to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science and coding. In addition to high school courses, Amazon Future Engineer also supports computer science access for students K-8, in addition to funding college scholarships for high school seniors and paid internships at Amazon for college students.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. Computer science is the fastest-growing profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a tiny minority from underprivileged backgrounds. Students from underprivileged backgrounds are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.
Allison Flicker, STEM Ambassador at Amazon shares how schools in your area could benefit from this program and why it’s important for all students to learn how to code.
Visit amazonfutureengineer.com for more information.