Wilkes-Barre Connect, Codelicious, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, and The Institute Contribute to the National Computer Science for All Movement, CSforALL Community Announces 163 New Education Efforts
The CSforALL movement, to bring computer science to all US students, marked a major growth milestone today, along with 126 organizations, Wilkes-Barre Connect has made a new commitment to advance computer science education access and opportunity for youth across the United States at the 2020 CSforALL Commitments Showcase.
“Our team here at Wilkes-Barre Connect has been working diligently on our Coding the Coal Region pilot program through our NEPA Works Project. Coding the Coal Region is a 12-month pilot program designed to increase the computer programming skills in Northeast PA. To do this, we are offering free, instructor-led, online courses, outside the classroom, providing Luzerne County students in grades 6-12 the opportunity to build basic computer programming foundations while also offering pathways in Graphic Design and Web, Game, and App Development. In the months planning this program, we have brought on several partners that not only bring their expertise and vast resources to our program, but also add to the incredible community effort involved in bringing Coding the Coal Region to our area. NEPA Works’ Coding the Coal Region project, in partnership with Codelicious, the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development, and Penn State Wilkes-Barre, is proud to announce our commitment to providing 1,000 6th-12th grade students in Northeastern Pennsylvania with access to curriculum and training through a customized CS pathway to meet the workforce needs of the computer programming industry in Northeastern PA by Fall 2021” said Shanie Mohamed, Economic Development Specialist for Wilkes-Barre Connect.
"Codelicious is excited and proud to support Wilkes-Barre Connect and their partners in the Coding the Coal Region pilot program. We believe that computer science education is a foundational skill for all students. We are honored to be supporting the educators in this pilot program by providing them with computer science curriculum that is comprehensive, flexible, and teacher friendly." says Chrisitine McDonnell, Codelicious CEO.
“Penn State Wilkes-Barre is proud to partner with the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce in delivering this new coding program free of charge to students. By working with young people in our community, we are actively contributing to the future of advanced computer coding and the workforce in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Dale Jones, Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.
“The Institute is pleased to be part of this incredible education initiative through the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber’s Wilkes-Barre Connect initiative. Focus on education and elevating the skills of the youth in Luzerne County is an excellent workforce development strategy that will provide a significant return on investment as these young people will likely pursue technology careers in NEPA,” said Teri Ooms, Executive Director of The Institute.
#CSforALL commitments are new, specific, and measurable actions aimed at advancing the goal of rigorous and inclusive computer science education for all U.S. youth, and are designed to grow support and momentum for a sustainable K-12 computer science education system in and out of school. Notably 29 organizations listed below have made a #CSforALL commitment annually since 2017. To continue the trend, in 2020, 78 organizations have returned to make a commitment at least twice. The commitments detailed below include investments in 34 individual states, three commitments with a nationwide focus, and five commitments with an international focus
“The collective impact and systems level change that the CS education community is making through #CSforALL commitments are pushing us all forward toward the goal of rigorous, inclusive and sustainable CS for all youth,” Ruthe Farmer, Chief Evangelist, CSforALL.
As the U.S. continues to grapple with COVID-19 and racial injustice in a year full of obstacles and surprises, the need to bring rigorous and equitable computer science education to prepare ALL students for a successful future is more urgent than ever. Fortunately, the systems in place to expand that critical access is getting a significant boost today through 163 new commitments from 126 organizations to advance computer science education access and opportunity for youth across the United States and beyond.