Oracle commits to spend $200 million to bolster computer science education

Seeking to bolster computer science education in the United States, Oracle has committed t0 $200 million in donations and technology over the next 18 months.

Redwood City-based Oracle will provide direct and in-kind support for computer science education.

Oracle’s move supports the White House Computer Science for All Initiative.¬†This program aims to transform computer science into a standard subject that is taught at schools in the U.S. from kindergarten through high school.

“Our latest research findings confirm that access to computer science education in the United States is both an economic and social equality issue,” said Alison Derbenwick Miller, vice president, Oracle Academy.

Oracle believes its research underscores the need to expand computer sciences to all students, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status, the company said.

“We’ve been working to advance computer science education globally for more than two decades, and this commitment takes Oracle Academy to a new apex in our journey,” Miller said.

Cupertino-based Apple, Menlo Park-based Facebook, Washington state-based Microsoft and San Diego-based Qualcomm are among the tech companies that have also committed to support the White House initiative. Separately, the philanthropic unit of San Francisco-based salesforce.com has committed to a donation to support computer science and STEM education.

The Oracle commitment isn’t all cash. Oracle Academy also will provide free academic curriculum, professional development for teachers, software and certification resources.

Oracle expects to reach more than 232,000 students in more than 1,100 U.S. institutions through Oracle Academy. That computer science-focused educational program is assisting more than 2.6 million students in 106 countries.

Last year, there were more than 600,000 high-paying tech jobs across the United States that were unfilled,” according to a White House blog. “Computer science and data science are not only important for the tech sector, but for so many industries, including transportation, healthcare, education, and financial services.”

 

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  • NorCal

    Very low pay and no raises to employees for 4 years, and has money to donate to youth program. The CEO mind is out of this world, CEO please don’t pretend you care about youth when you don’t care about the bread & butter work force in your company,

  • hoapres

    Oracle is Indian h1b infested and Americans are prerejected from employment.

    • Anthony Earl Wong

      Showing your racism again.

  • hoapres

    Actually it isn’t $200 million.
    It’s going to be mostly old technology and software that Oracle can’t sell.

  • hoapres

    Once I show CS graduates unemployed and living in homeless shelters to the high school students then their interest in getting a CS rapidly decreases.

  • Steave Makar

    According to a poll from https://writercheap.com, more than 90% of parents surveyed want their children to study computer science at school. Nevertheless, according to some estimates, only a quarter of all US secondary schools offer high-quality computer science and programming courses, and in 22 states this subject is still not included in secondary school certificates. The quality of training is also very different. Unfortunately, the media and the school form unwanted stereotypes, which only complicate the task and repel many students from studying this subject. For example, in 2015, only 22% of those who were trained in the AP Computer Science program were girls, and only 13% were African American or Hispanic students. These statistics reflect the current composition of some of the largest innovative technology firms in America, in which women make up less than one third of workers, and African Americans less than 3%. Career in the field of computer technology is exciting, interesting, reliable and universal, and also critical for the economy.

 
 
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