The investment is designed to expand computer science education and close the skills gap.
The Internet Association —an organization that represents leading internet companies, such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook— announced that it will give more than $300 million to K-12 computer science programs.
The investment is designed to expand computer science education and close the skills gap. There are 500,000 jobs, but only 50,000 computer science graduates each year.
“Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce each commit $50 million, Lockheed Martin commits $25 million, Accenture commits more than $10 million, General Motors commits $10 million, Pluralsight commits $10 million, and private individuals and foundations commit $3 million to nonprofits focused on computer science education”.
The pledge complements a new plan by the US government, which seeks to grow the role of technology across industries by helping children become fluent in programming and other computer science subjects.
“It’s essential that the public and private sectors work together to ensure all American students have the opportunity to learn computer science and take part in the fastest growing sector of our economy,” said Michael Beckerman, Internet Association President & CEO,” said Michael Beckerman, Internet Association President & CEO.