The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. Computer science is the fastest-growing profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a tiny minority from underprivileged backgrounds. Students from underprivileged backgrounds are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.
“Offering the Amazon Future Engineer Program will give our students, and the Greeneville community a step up in the future, as computer science and all STEM education programs are critical to the next workforce,” says Dr. David Pauley, MS IT Academy, Pre-Engineering, Robotics Instructor at Greeneville High School.
“We are very excited at Greeneville High School to have another opportunity for our students to develop futureready skills that translate into postsecondary credit and job-related training. We are very grateful for Dr. Pauley and the work he has put into getting GHS students this opportunity. Anytime we can add another program of excellence, we feel it gives our graduates additional opportunities to personalize their learning and build their skills for future endeavor,” says Patrick Fraley, Principal of Greeneville High School.
“We are elated that students now have the opportunity to complete the full STEM CTE program of study at Greeneville High School. In this program, students will have the opportunity to earn two industry certifications, in addition to earning a credit in AP computer science with potential to earn college credit. The Amazon Future Engineer Program will enhance this program and give our students a competitive advantage in post-secondary education and the workforce,” says Dr. Suzanne Bryant, Assistant Director of Schools for Instruction.
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