TMLA Selected for Amazon Future Engineer Program
TMLA has been selected for inclusion in the Amazon Future Engineer Program, an initiative aimed at making computer science and technology more readily available to the next generation. Long acknowledged as the first all-girl school in the State of New York to have our own Robotics program, TMLA has an established history as the springboard for young women aspiring to careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.
Funding for the Amazon Future Engineer Program will help to enhance TMLA’s existing Intro to Technology, Advanced Computer Science & Programming and Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science classes through the New York-based curriculum provider Edhesive. Amazon’s funding will provide preparatory lessons, tutorials, and professional development for teachers, fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students, and live online support every day of the week for both teachers and students. These full-year courses are designed to inspire students and develop their understanding of technology and coding so that someday they might be interested in pursuing a professional career in the fast-growing field of technology. All students participating in this program will receive a free membership to AWS Educate which provides them with free access to computing power in the AWS Cloud for their coding projects and content to learn about cloud computing. TMLA’s selection for the AFE program also qualifies TMLA students to compete for four-year $10,000 scholarships for college which Amazon is offering to 100 students from underrepresented communities across the country, as well as guaranteed internships to gain work experience.
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. Computer science is the fastest growing profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a tiny minority from underprivileged backgrounds. In addition, students from underprivileged backgrounds are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP Computer Science in high school.