The Panasonic Foundation and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) will launch a Code as a Second Language (CSL) effort in four cities across the country starting with Newark, NJ, followed by Reno, NV, Atlanta, GA, and Calexico, CA as hundreds of students will be introduced to and taught computer coding.
"Educating the next generation of workers means training more coders, software engineers, web developers and others with skills in computer science," said Governor Phil Murphy. "I am grateful to the Panasonic Foundation and Hispanic Heritage Foundation for partnering to expand computer science education for Newark students and preparing them for jobs in the 21st-century economy."
The effort is designed to bridge a gap between the business community's need for talent with technology skills and for students to be exposed to computer science. Among Black and Hispanic students, those who take Advanced Placement Computer Science in high school are 7 to 8 times more likely to take computer science in college, according to Code.org. In the United States, there are 500,000 unfilled jobs in tech, which is estimated to nearly triple to 1.4 million unfilled tech jobs by 2020.