Conversations on Education: Computer Science and Underrepresented Communities

Computing is an essential part of the global economy, and training in this critical field prepares students for careers in a variety of sectors. In fact the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that there will be 1.4 million computing-related job openings by 2020. 

Yet despite its growing importance, computer science is only taught in a minority of American schools. There are currently just over 42,000 high schools in the United States, but only 2,100 of them were certified to teach the AP computer science course in 2011. In 2012, of the 24,782 AP CS test takers, only 4,635 were women, 1,014 were African American, and 1,757 were Hispanic. Only 40,000 students graduated with computing-related bachelor's degrees from U.S. universities last year. Unless we help more students decide to study computing at the undergraduate level, we will be able fill only 32 percent of the 1.4 million jobs with qualified candidates.
 
How can the public and private sectors bridge this opportunity divide? Join Microsoft and NCWIT for a discussion with leading experts to ensure that all U.S. students and schools have what they need to attain computer science knowledge, skills, and the experience necessary to succeed in the global economy. 
 
DATE: Thursday, March 28, 2013 • 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast will be provided
LOCATION: 901 K Street, NW, 11th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20001
 
PARTICIPANTS: 
  • Hadi Partovi, Founder, Code.org
  • Jeff Forbes,Program Director, Division of Computer and Network Systems, Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation 
  • Shree Chauhan, Legislative Manager, Education and Health Policy, National Urban League Policy Institute
  • Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-Founder, National Center for Women and Information Technology
  • Kevin Wang, Program Manager, Technology Education and Learning Program (TEALS), Microsoft

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