Code as a Second Language will launch in four cities across the county, beginning with Newark, in an effort to “bridge the gap” between the business community’s need for tech talent and students’ exposure to computer science.
The CLS Panasonic Foundation will include six- to eight-week courses which meet once a week for an hour to 90 minutes either during the school day or as part of an afterschool program. Students will be taught to code and will engage with technology professionals who can serve as mentors.
Students will also be referred to the Latinos on Fast Track Network for continuing instruction online, and connected to other students, mentors, networking and STEM-related events with the potential for internships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies, in the future, HHF said.
“Educating the next generation of workers means training more coders, software engineers, web developers and others with skills in computer science,” said Gov. Phil Murphy in a prepared statement. “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 three additional cities slated for CSL Panasonic Foundation include Reno, Nev.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Calexico, Calif.
According to HHF, in the United States there are 500,000 unfilled tech jobs and that number is expected to triple – to 1.4 million – by 2020.
CSL was established in Los Angeles in 2013. By years’ end its reach will extend to more than 100,000 students and 75 regions, including Puerto Rico and Mexico.