On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) announced its new partnership with Code.org, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing opportunities for students to learn computer science in school. School Board members; Superintendent Robert W. Runcie; Hadi Partovi, Co-Founder and CEO of Code.org; Gary Chartrand, Chair, State Board of Education; Pam Stewart, Chancellor of Public Schools, Florida Department of Education; Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; school leaders and students attended the press conference announcing the event, which included live coding demonstrations.
Through the Code.org partnership, BCPS middle and high school students will receive increased access to high-quality computer science courses, curriculum and resources. Teachers will also have new opportunities for professional development.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our students. Today’s generation is growing up in a high-tech world. The skills they learn in computer science will benefit them throughout their lives and can open doors to many high paying, in demand jobs,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.
“Partnering with Broward County Public Schools – one of the nation's largest school districts – is a huge step forward in expanding access to computer science for American students. Computer science is just as foundational today as basic algebra or chemistry. Taking one of these courses early on can be life-changing for Broward students," said Hadi Partovi, Co-Founder and CEO of Code.org.
Here’s what industry leaders are saying about the Code.org partnership:
Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity,
said, “Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools on this important partnership with Code.org. Florida has over 20,000 computer science jobs open and just under 2,000 graduates to fill the demand. This partnership shows bold and innovative thinking to prepare Florida students for high demand jobs that will drive our economy."
Margo Day, Vice President, U.S. Education at Microsoft,
said, “Broward County Public School’s leadership in helping students gain the computer science education needed to succeed and thrive in the 21st century is essential. Across sectors, our nation is facing a critical shortage of workers with the skills and computer science training needed to sustain American innovation. By 2020, there will be one million more computing jobs than students with the education needed to fill these openings. That’s why more districts across the country should consider following Broward’s lead.”
Bob Swindell, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance,
said, “The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance applauds Broward County Public Schools on their Code.org partnership. As Broward County’s official public/private partnership for economic development, my organization sees every day the skills that the students of today need to compete for the jobs of today and tomorrow. In fact, there will be 1 million more computing jobs in the U.S. than students over the next 10 years and many of these jobs will be in South Florida. The best way to have a great job is to have the necessary skills to succeed in a high demand profession like computer sciences.”
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