Amazon Future Engineer to offer free online lessons and summer camps to help kids discover computer science, fund Introductory and Advanced Placement (AP) computer science classes in 2,000 high schools in low-income communities across the country, and award $10,000 annual college scholarships and paid Amazon summer internships to college students from underrepresented communities
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SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 1, 2018– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—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 or Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a tiny minority from underprivileged backgrounds. Also according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average computer science major makes 40% more in lifetime earnings than the average college graduate and nearly three times more than the average high school alumna. Despite the opportunity, the vast majority of public elementary and high schools, particularly those in less advantaged communities, do not offer computer science classes.
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