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Oracle News | April 14, 2016

Oracle Pledges $200 Million to Support US Computer Science Education

By: Chris Murphy | Director of Cloud Content

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The US needs more computer science talent, and this week, Oracle pledged $200 million in direct and in-kind support over the next 18 months to help nurture that talent. The pledge supports the Obama administration’s Computer Science for All initiative, an effort to give all of the country’s K-12 students the chance to study computer science and computational thinking.

Oracle’s pledge was announced as part of the White House Science Fair, an annual celebration of US students’ ingenuity. President Obama launched the fair six years ago, with the idea that the best young scientists should get feted at the White House just like many championship college athletes do.

Oracle will deliver much of its pledged support through Oracle Academy, the company’s philanthropic program to support computer science education. Oracle Academy will provide free academic curriculum, professional development for teachers, software, certification resources, and more. Oracle’s support will include:

  • Doubling the number of US teachers Oracle Academy trains in the 2016–2017 academic year
  • Providing students free software licenses for several Oracle products
  • Investing more than $3 million in nonprofit organizations focused on inspiring young girls and underrepresented students to pursue STEM and computer science degrees
  • Introducing new cloud-focused boot camps in the 2016 academic year and expanding access to Oracle Academy’s Big Data Science boot camps
  • Building an innovative public high school, d.tech, at Oracle’s headquarters in California
  • Expanding a policy push, in partnerships with other companies and nonprofits, to encourage all 50 states to recognize computer science as an academic graduation credit in K-12 schools

If you want data on how computer science opens up opportunity for students, check out this infographic, based on research by Burning Glass and Oracle. Among the data points: IT jobs requiring coding skills are projected to grow 8.8% over the next 10 years, more than two points ahead of other career-track jobs.

And, if you just want to be inspired by what clever young people can think of and do, check out the more than 100 US students chosen to attend this year’s White House Science Fair. 

Director of Cloud Content

Chris Murphy is director of cloud content at Oracle. He was previously editor of InformationWeek.

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