‘Amazon Future Engineer’ program aims to inspire students

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Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood is one of many schools across the nation that plans to benefit from Amazon’s childhood-to-career program “Amazon Future Engineer.”

The company is hoping to inspire, educate and train children and young adults from underserved and low-income communities to pursue careers in computer science by funding courses and providing scholarships and internships.

The Bureau of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be nearly 1.5 million computer science-related jobs available with only about 400,000 graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs.

"This is the fastest growing career in the country. We are technological consumers and it's only fair that we prepare students to be the technology-makers, not just the consumers," says teacher Daniella Dilacqua-Noel.

Edward R. Murrow High School doesn't currently have non-advanced placement computer science classes. But thanks to the “Future Engineer” initiative, they will next year.

 

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