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Junior Achievement of San Diego Partners with The Control Group to Teach Code to Hoover High School Students as a Part of Computer Science Education Week #HourofCode

November 25, 2015

 

 

The collaboration is part of a JA Job Shadow Initiative which helps teens make the connection between what they are learning in school and their career aspirations

#hourofcode

 

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – In honor of Computer Science Education Week (Dec.7-11), Junior Achievement of San Diego and The Control Group are partnering to impact the lives of more than 80 students from Hoover High School by teaching them how to write code.

The event on Monday, Dec. 7 at Hoover High, located at 4474 El Cajon Blvd. from 7 AM to 10 AM is designed for Hoover Academy of Information Technology’s (AOIT) students.   These students are currently taking high-level courses specifically designed for a future career in computer technology. 

In addition to presentations on the various job positions at The Control Group, one of the fastest growing technology companies in San Diego, the software engineers from the company will help demystify computer science and teach students that anyone can learn the basics of coding. 

Students who attend Hoover High in City Heights have enjoyed the benefits of cutting edge educational reforms. Over the past decade, city leaders and educators have been working together to create solutions to the problems traditionally faced by low income areas such as City Heights.  

"We are developing the next generation of San Diego leaders and because of partnerships with companies like The Control Group and programs like the AOIT, students see the relevancy of their education,” said Bryan Voeltner, director of the Academy of Information Technology at Hoover High.

Computer Science Education Week (Dec 7 -11) is a national program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in and pursue careers in computer science. Careers in computers are slated to grow over the next several decades.  In fact, there are too few Americans with the necessary technical skills to meet companies’ demand.  

“Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science,” said Josecruz Morales, an 11th grader and AOIT student at Hoover High School.  “You can get the skills you need in the world now, or you will unfortunately fall behind in today’s competitive global market.”

"The technology field is exploding especially here in San Diego. Through events like Hour of Code, students see not only how important learning to code is for their possible future careers, but also how fun it can be," said Tischa Culver, Public Relations and Communications Specialist at The Control Group. “We hope this event will encourage the students to continue to work hard and to ultimately consider pursuing a post-secondary education and/or career in computer sciences.”

The JA Job Shadow Initiative strives to inform, inspire and prepare students to be successful in their future professional pursuits by giving them the opportunity to learn from working professionals.

“The need for these high-tech skills is critical to the San Diego workforce and we are so thankful to Hoover High and The Control Group for giving us the unique opportunity to teach technological literacy to our kids,” said Flora Barron, Work-Based Learning Manager at Junior Achievement of San Diego, a non-profit that teaches young people how to get a job, how to start a business and how to manage money.


Statistics

  • With over 5,000 technology companies and over 50,000 jobs, San Diego is the fastest growing area for software engineers in the country.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Science Foundation, by 2020, there will be one million more jobs than students entering the coding and computer science fields.
  • According to the National Science Foundation, there are fewer computer science majors than 10 years ago, and the shrinking percentage are women and minorities.  
  • Computer science drives innovation in the US economy and society. Despite growing demand for jobs in the field, it remains marginalized throughout the US K-12 education system.
  • Currently, 25 states still don't allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation.
  • Computing occupations are among the highest-paying jobs for new graduates. Yet fewer than 3% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science.
  • In 36 states, computer science classes don’t count toward math or science high school graduation requirements.
  • A.P. Computer Science is taught in only 5% of U.S. high schools.
  • Fewer than 20 percent of AP Computer Science students are women. Fewer than 10 percent are Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino.

Watch a video about the Hour of Code:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CPZryIonlE

 

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