Tech Sponsors and Education Leaders Help Fuel NYC Computer Science Education – The Ticker
Google committed $20 million to fund computer science education in the US school system and other nonprofits on September 1.
By supporting various national and local organizations, Google estimated that computer science education would now be accessible to 11 million students.
“We will focus our efforts on supporting national and local organizations that reach underserved students in major urban centers and rural communities, and that help governments and educators implement CS education plans at the nationwide,” Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google LLC and Alphabet Inc., said in the announcement.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects IT jobs will grow 19% by 2026.
“Technology will end up playing such a big role in the future. That’s the fundamental reason why we do it,” Pichai said.
Recipients will include the award-winning Oakland-based Hidden Genius Project Google Impact Challenge 2015as well as the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, a National Network coordinated by the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
In New York, Google will be involved in advancing CUNY programs Integrated computer teacher Educational project. CITE has received public and private funding, integrating computing and digital literacy into classrooms and curricula by training teachers.
The engagement aligns with a broader trend in New York and across the country that sees leaders and community leaders bridging the gap between disadvantaged communities and IT literacy.
The students with the least access are Native Americans, Blacks, and Latinos from low-income backgrounds.
Moreover, women earns only 18% computer science licenses in the United States.
Collaboration between private technology sponsors and education agencies has made great strides in equity in computer science education in recent years.
Google and Cisco Systems Inc. in partnership with CUNY City College to expand certifications and courses in professional study programs in November 2021.
Students received courses for the Cisco Academy certificate, which included introductions to networking, wireless essentials, cybersecurity and more, as well as the professional IT support certificate from Google.
The New York Department of Education has also funded Computing for All, or CS4All, K-12 initiative since 2015.
CS4All streamlines the integration of computer science curriculum into the classroom, making it easier for teachers to engage students in computer literacy through events and coding projects.
“Computer Science for All will ensure that all New York public school students learn computer science, with an emphasis on students who identify as female, black, and Latinx students,” said the CS4All website declared. “Through our work, students will be better prepared to use computers during their K-12 experience and after graduation.”
More than 1,600 teachers from 712 schools have participated in the program, and more than 5,200 students take an AP Computer Science exam. At New York, 20% of candidates are Hispanic, 16% are black and 42% are women, compared to 28% nationally.
Google’s commitment along with government involvement has increased opportunities for elementary, secondary and middle school students, but gaps in computer knowledge and skills in some communities draw attention to the prevalence of disproportionate computer training.
Initiatives to fill these gaps point to hopes for community organizing and cooperation to cement future careers for New York students. Time will tell if they are enough to sustain next generation computing literacy and its subsequent success.