A local high school is partnering with Amazon to improve access to computer science education

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The Carencro High School Academy of Information Technology (AOIT)  is satisfied to announce that it has been selected as an Amazon Future Engineer (AFE) school – a partnership between Amazon and Edhesive to improve access to computer science education in communities currently underrepresented in the technology field. Along with the announcement of the partnership, Ariel Green, a senior Carencro AOIT student, has been awarded a $40,000 scholarship for tuition and a summer internship position with Amazon. She plans to major in Computer Science.

Carencro High are thrilled to offer this new program, which will prepare its students for an advancing technological world.  Whatever field its students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly rely upon understanding how technology works, in addition to their ability to problem solve, reason, and think creatively.  Only a small portion of students are learning computer science, and fewer study it today than a decade ago. These courses are designed to inspire students in computer science and develop their understanding of how technology and computer science can impact and shape our world today. Carencro wants its students to go beyond just using technology by potentially becoming the creators of it.

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, 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. Many students who want to fill the gap of jobs in the field of technolgy do not have access to computer science advanced classes in their high schools.

Amazon and Edhesive are partnering to acknowledge this space of graduates in computer science by sponsoring schools who are committed to bringing computer science to their school. With the partnership, schools will have access to content such as AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A courses. This content also includes access to support forums for both students and educators new to computer science. 

Scholarships up to $40,000 are being offered by Amazon in support of students studying Computer Science. Amazon is delighted to invest in these college scholarships for the students. Students from communities currently underrepresented in the technology field who have completed or are currently taking an AP CS course and have been accepted to an accredited four-year university are eligable to apply for a scholarship award of up to $40,000 per student for tuition.

Hands-on internship opportunities for college freshmen and sophomores are available as well through the AFE Intern Program. The program provides high-touch, hands-on learning and building opportunities for college freshmen and sophomores through a 12-week program. AFE interns will partner closely with an Amazon employee technical mentor and manager, as well as their fellow AFE interns, to establish and create on behalf of Amazon customers. AFE Interns gain valuable experience working with new, cutting-edge technologies and tools unique to Amazon. The interning students will also have opportunities to learn from and network with Amazon leaders, attend great events, and create lasting bonds.

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