Google Announces $20 Million to Provide 11 Million Children with CS Education
Google provides computer science education in the United States through non-profit organizations that use its software
Google is donating $20 million to support long-term nonprofits that aim to expand access to computer science education for 11 million American students.
The company has been committed to computer science education since 2004 and now commits a total investment of $240 million to the project. The pledge will include nonprofit organizations such as The Hidden Genius Project, which works to provide training and mentorship to predominantly black youth in technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
In a blog post, the CEO of Alphabet announced that the project “will also support local nonprofits across the country, focusing on Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles.”
Advanced projects in the program include the City University of New York’s Integrated Computer Teacher Education Program, which aims to integrate computer science education into the curriculum of new teachers.
Some organizations are already providing access to computer science education for students in rural and under-resourced communities with support from Google’s new commitment, such as 4-H.
4-H.org has provided computer science education to 1.4 million students since 2019, but now, with the help of Google, it can help 6 million young people.
Google’s goal is “to provide funding for the Consortium for Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP), a national network coordinated by the Texas Center for Advanced Computing at the University of Texas at Austin, to increase access to computer science through statewide reforms to participate in education.”
The company firmly believes that computer science education provides a solid foundation for people’s careers and it is its responsibility to help individuals achieve this.
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