Amazon to offer computer science courses to 1,000 U.S. schoolsMarie Donlon | February 21, 2019
Amazon will fund computer science classes for 1,000 high schools throughout the U.S. by the fall of this year through its Future Engineer program.
According to reports, the program, which was announced last November, is expected to engage 10 million students through coding lessons and activities each year while also offering roughly 100,000 students at over 2,000 different U.S. schools access to both introductory and advanced computer science courses.
Additionally, Amazon plans to grant 100 students with four-year, $10,000 scholarships and paid internships with the company, giving students work experience.
The effort, which is part of a larger $50 million Amazon investment in STEM and computer science education, is an attempt by the retail giant to bridge an anticipated gap between the number of jobs that will require computer science skills by next year (1.4 million) and the number of those expected to graduate in that time with the necessary computer science skills (400,000). With the Future Engineer program, Amazon hopes to also bridge the gap that exists between such high-paying tech jobs and underprivileged kids living in underserved communities.
“We want to ensure that every child, especially those from underprivileged communities, has an opportunity to study computer science,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of Worldwide Consumer at Amazon, said in a statement. “We are excited more than 1,000 schools will now provide these courses, and look forward to adding 1,000 more schools over the coming months.”
This latest pledge follows a recent announcement from Amazon that the company would be offering 130 New York City high schools access to computer science classes. Despite its decision to cancel plans for its proposed New York City headquarters, reports are that Amazon intends to honor that pledge.