Oracle Academy North America collaborates with Code Differently to advance computing education

September 17, 2021 | 2 minute read
Denise Hobbs
Senior Regional Director, Oracle Academy, North America
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On May 6, 2021, Code Differently, an organization dedicated to building an ecosystem of technology-focused resources through creative programming and partnerships, and Oracle Academy North America signed a partnership agreement with the goal of introducing Oracle Academy educational curriculum, resources and certification opportunities to students and educators throughout Delaware.

The need for students to develop industry-relevant computing skills has become increasingly prominent, and the partnership between Oracle Academy North America and Code Differently represents a commitment to work together to advance computing skills students can use for fulfilling careers across industries.

Oracle Academy will grant Code Differently faculty access to Oracle Academy curriculum, professional development opportunities, and industry certification resources that they then will be able to use in their local high school and university classrooms to impact more than 150 students.

Increasing diversity by eliminating barriers

"We are extremely excited to be selected as a community-based Oracle Academy Partner. It is our mission to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in technology careers by eliminating barriers to the access of technology education, equipment and careers. Being an Oracle Academy Partner instantly widens our ability to scale technology education across the State of Delaware and other target regions that directly align to the skills that local and national employers are seeking," said Stephanie Eldridge, CEO of Code Differently. "This summer, we had 150 youth employees working on Pipeline development teams in partnership with the New Castle County Delaware Summer Youth Employment Program. The Oracle Academy Java Curriculum played a major role in the success of this summer's program. This fall, we plan to transition our entire Pipeline work-­based learning program to Oracle Academy for our related instruction curriculum."

Computing skills transcend industries and professions. According to the World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs Survey 2020, the top five technologies to be adopted by organizations are Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics, Internet of Things and Connected Devices, Cybersecurity, and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning. Through this partnership, Code Differently and Oracle Academy will deliver the best classroom resources to help students develop the knowledge and industry-relevant computing skills they need to become the technology leaders of the future.

Java curriculum a game changer

"The Oracle Academy Java Curriculum was a complete game-changer for our high school youth employees. As the Tech Lead of the Java teams, I was able to use the Oracle Academy Java curriculum to teach an industry language to students," said Jordan Eldridge, Code Differently High School Pipeline Development Tech Lead. "The icing on the cake was many of our youth employees passed their Oracle Certified Associate Foundation certification. Imagine having an industry recognized certification before you finish high school or even receive your driver's license. Wow... just wow!"

Oracle Academy works with public and private partners to provide the tools and training educators need to engage, inspire, and prepare students to become career and college ready. As part of our free resources, we offer access to Oracle Academy curriculum, Oracle cloud, and teaching and learning resources to all Institutional members.

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Denise Hobbs

Senior Regional Director, Oracle Academy, North America


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