Access to Computer Science Education with Accenture, Code.org
Global consulting firm Accenture has announced an expanded collaboration with Code.org and will donate $500,000 to support the group's activities around the nation.
In an open letter to Congress, the Computer Science Education Coalition – a group of businesses and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – in partnership with Code.org, is encouraging Congress to approve $250 million in federal funding for a critically important investment in K-12 computer science education.
“Accenture has long been committed to the ongoing effort of promoting computer science education in our schools,” said Julie Sweet, Accenture chief executive – North America. “We are proud to expand our collaboration with Code.org by joining the Computer Science Education Coalition, hand in hand with other leaders in the technology industry, to urge change in the way we educate the next generation of technology innovators and prepare them for the 21st century workforce.”
In addition to joining Code.org and others in the Computer Science Education Coalition, Accenture will encourage its U.S. employees to help maximize grassroots support for the open letter launch by signing the online petition at www.change.org/computerscience. The company will also provide tools to help employees amplify their commitment via social media and with their respective local state and local governments.
“Providing every student with access to computer science education is essential for the next generation to succeed and thrive in the digital economy, especially young women and underrepresented students of color,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology officer. “Today’s digital natives may have been born on the Internet but without access to computer science education, they will fail to realize their full potential as productive members of the workforce of the future. Through our work with Code.org, we want to help students acquire the foundational technology skills they need to pursue their goals.”