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Students Explore Tech Jobs of the Future

The growing number of tech jobs in the U.S. and worldwide is becoming almost impossible to fill. However, with the right motivation and introduction into possible careers, students can help fill the gaps.

“The high-tech sector in particular has complained for years about the country's shallow pool of tech talent,” according to a report from The Journal.

“Some high-tech companies are also acting with an eye toward the future with programs and events aimed at K-12 students and educators. Oracle, for example, recently partnered with Devoxx4Kids to provide a day-long program of computing workshops at the company's annual JavaOne conference in San Francisco.”

The tech field is a relatively cool one that really appeals to students. For those who even have a bit of skepticism, programs like Devoxx4Kids pretty much aim to eliminate it.

"We teach teachers how to teach computer science," said Alison Derbenwick Miller, the Vice President of Oracle Academy.

"A lot of what we teach is coding, certainly, and we do sponsor outreach events like JavaOne4Kids to get students excited about computer science, but we're focused on solving the supply-side problem we've created in this country. Nowadays kids want computer science, the schools want computer science, and the states want computer science, but they're aren't enough teachers qualified to teach it."

Miller also argued that other areas of STEM are as filled as they need to be however the growing need to fill the tech job market requires much more help. She mentions that her company just doesn’t see enough qualified individuals to fill the tech positions within her company.

It’s a given that computer science need to be adopted in more classrooms however, teachers also need the proper resources in order to be able to teach these courses to the best of their ability.

"Teachers are overworked and underpaid, so our goal is to keep the bar super low for them," said Arun Gupta, who founded Devoxx4Kids USA, according to the report.

"We're saying, you don't really have to do anything. Just ask me your questions and we're ready to empower you."

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor.


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