Hillcrest Christian School is now part of the Amazon Future Engineer program and will receive funding from Amazon to start offering computer science classes to students this Fall. Hillcrest is one of more than 1,000 schools across the country currently signed up for Amazon Future Engineer, a national program aimed at making computer science accessible to all students.
With Amazon Future Engineer’s funding, HCS will offer Intro. to Computer Science classes through curriculum provider Edhesive. Amazon’s funding provides 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. These courses are designed to inspire, prepare, and propel students in their pursuit of computer science education. All participating students will receive a free membership to AWS Educate, which gives them free access to computing power in the AWS Cloud for their coding projects along with content to learn about cloud computing.
“We are thrilled to have the support of Amazon to give our students this opportunity as they prepare to apply to college and build the skills for a rewarding career in technology and innovation,” said Mrs. Browning, Technology Instructor.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs available, but 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 and Math (STEM) field, and we are excited to be able to put Hillcrest students at the forefront of this rapidly growing field.