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Oracle to Commit $200 Million to Computer Education

The amount of money being spent on education technology has been increasing dramatically across the U.S., as tech giant Oracle has now committed $200 million for computer education. The company looks to be in full support of President Barack Obama’s $4 billion movement geared towards getting schools connected and spreading computer-science education in K-12 districts nationwide.

“Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Code.org have been among the first tech firms to announce support for the initiative,” according to ZDNet.

“Oracle's philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy, is spearheading the company's new contribution, which it expects to reach over 232,000 students in over 1,100 US educational institutions.”

The company is also looking to make sure a high number of educators are being taught to handle the computer science surge, especially those who will be leading the computer science classes.

“It also plans to provide free Oracle software licenses for numerous products and will commit $3m to non-profit organizations that focus on encouraging young girls and underrepresented students in pursuing STEM and CS degrees,” according to the report.

“The company notes that in 2015 just two percent of students who went through College Board's AP tertiary preparation program had enrolled in computer science, and of those only 22 percent were female.”

It doesn’t end there for the company, either. With the White House celebrating STEM this week, Oracle choose to display some of their newest innovations.

“Oracle's announcement coincides with Obama's 6th and final White House Science Fair on Wednesday, which will showcase an impressive line-up of technology and innovation developed by K-12 students, spanning robotics, software, biometrics, hardware and rockets.”

It’s no surprise that classrooms have become tech havens. The world’s dependence on technology only seems to be growing, and with companies like Oracle, Google, and Microsoft stepping up, it’s hard to see how any student can be left behind without the basic tech skills they need.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor.

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