Oracle Corporation has announced that it will invest $200 million in computer science education in the United States over the next eighteen months.
Pledged as part of the Obama administration’s Computer Science for All initiative, the software giant's commitment is expected to reach more than 232,000 students in over 1,100 U.S. institutions through Oracle Academy, a CS-focused educational program that to date has been delivered to more than 2.6 million students in 106 countries. The company will also work with K-12 schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities to support continuous CS education pathways by training more teachers in computer science, providing access to free Oracle software, expanding outreach to underrepresented populations, launching innovative courses in emerging CS fields, connecting world-class innovators with educators and students, and driving efforts to ensure that CS counts as an academic credit.
"Our latest research findings confirm that access to computer science education in the United States is both an economic and social equality issue. Moreover, these findings help quantify and contextualize the need to expand CS to all students regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status," said Oracle Academy vice president Alison Derbenwick Miller. "We've been working to advance computer science education globally for more than two decades, and today's commitment takes Oracle Academy to a new apex in our journey. It’s an honor to be part of this collaborative mission, led by the White House. The potential power of Computer Science for All to change the lives of our children and the future of our nation is awe-inspiring."