A.L. Brown High School is now part of the Amazon Future Engineer program and has received funding to launch computer science classes. The Amazon Future Engineer program is a national program designed to make computer science accessible to all students.
With Future Engineer’s funding from Amazon, A.L. Brown High School is now offering Introduction to Computer Science with Python and will add AP Computer Science Principles in the spring semester. Amazon’s funding provides lesson plans, tutorials and professional development for teachers as well as a digital curriculum. The courses are designed to prepare students for computer science careers.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity to teach Computer Science to our students,” said A.L. Brown Science Teacher Kevin Russell. “It will be a great fit here at A.L. Brown where we already offer multiple engineering and Career Technical Education courses. Now, our kids will have even more opportunities to explore high paying careers and learn valuable computer science skills.”
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. In addition, underprivileged students are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.
Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part program designed to prepare students from underrepresented communities to pursue careers in computer science. With the addition of the Amazon Future Engineers program, Kannapolis City Schools now offers computer coding classes at all grade levels from elementary through high school.
In August, Kannapolis City Schools launched a Robotics and Computer Coding program at Kannapolis Middle School with the help of a $10,000 gift from the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Kannapolis.
Kannapolis City Schools gives students the chance to take Career Technical Education courses in 26 career pathways and offers more than 40 professional certifications that students can earn while they are still in high school.