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Computer Science Program Celebrates 2,000 Schools from Alaska to D.C.

Amazon Future Engineer Program

The math doesn’t add up: The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a whopping 1.4 million available computer-science-related jobs on the market by 2020, with only a mere 400,000 STEM graduates holding applicable degrees.

This translates to nearly limitless opportunities for students ready to dive in to the future – beginning as early as kindergarten. The Amazon Future Engineer program is working with educators to address this upcoming skills gap by funding introductory and Advanced Placement Computer Science courses for more than 2,000 public schools in underserved communities – now in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Amazon spokesperson Jacqueline Ollige, who works on the Amazon Future Engineer team, and Candace Bethea, Principal of Hapeville Charter School outside of Atlanta spoke with The Daily Buzz about the program.

“Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program aimed at increasing access to computer science education for children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities,” said Ollige.

The Amazon Future Engineer high schools will receive funding from Amazon to offer Intro & AP computer science courses. Amazon’s funding also provides preparatory lessons, tutorials, professional development for teachers, fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students, and live online support every day of the week for both teachers and students.

Get a $10,000/year scholarship towards an undergraduate degree in computer science and a guaranteed summer internship at Amazon. Applications open on November 4th, 2019. “We make sure that our students apply for this amazing opportunity for scholarship and internship opportunity with Amazon,” said Principal Bethea.

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