“In the new economy, computer science isn’t optional; it’s a basic skill, along with the 3 R’s.”
This statement came from President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair on April 13th, 2016, where he spoke about his “Computer Science for All” initiative, which plans to bring computer science (CS) to every American student, from kindergarten through high school.
President Obama insists that all students––no matter where they’re from, what their background is, or their family income––”will get access to hands-on science technology, engineering, and math education to set them up for success, and keep the nation competitive in the 21st century.”
He is particularly interested in getting around the structural biases that the country faces today, which means getting more young women and minorities involved in technology, to help them develop the skills they need to be innovators, creators, and leaders in our modern digital economy.
Obama followed up by explaining that the United States Government is issuing new guidance for the school districts so that they can better support computer science education, including the fact that Oracle will invest into getting 125,000 more students into computer science classes.
Other efforts are being made across the country as well–more than 500 schools in the nation are committed to expanding access to computer science.
Oracle is proud to support the President’s CS for All initiative; in fact, Oracle has been supporting computing education since 1993, and training teachers to teach computer science in their classrooms for more than a decade through Oracle Academy.
Oracle Academy and Oracle Certification offer Foundations Certifications, which focus on students in secondary schools, two-year colleges and four year colleges and universities who have participated in the Oracle Academy program and/or are studying computer science–and faculty members who teach foundational computer science classes.
Oracle University also offers training and certification to support professionals with experience looking to advance their career and skills. Learn more at education.oracle.com.
With help from programs such as the ones offered by Oracle Academy and Oracle University, and through President Obama’s initiative, all students across the country will have the opportunity to learn computer science as part of their academic pathway, and become the next leaders in technology.