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Amazon Future Engineer Program to Fund Computer Science Courses in More Than 130 New York City High Schools

January 29, 2019 at 12:00 PM PST

High schools in underrepresented communities of all five boroughs to benefit from Amazon Future Engineer, including more than 30 in Queens, the company’s future headquarters location

Students to have access to in-demand Introductory and AP Computer Science courses by this fall, helping them build skills for rewarding careers in technology and innovation

Amazon Future Engineer is a nationwide childhood-to-career program aimed at making computer science education accessible to children in underserved communities

SEATTLE--Jan. 29, 2019-- Amazon today announced that more than 130 high schools in New York City will start providing computer science courses, supported by Amazon Future Engineer, an initiative aimed at making computer science available to children in underrepresented and underserved communities. The more than 130 schools are located throughout all five New York City boroughs, including more than 30 in Queens, where the company plans to open one of its new headquarters.

With Amazon Future Engineer’s funding, the selected New York City high schools will offer Intro to Computer Science and Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science classes through the New York-based 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 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 computer science. 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.

“The Young Women's Leadership School of Queens is ecstatic to collaborate with Amazon on this great opportunity,” said George Diaz, Assistant Principal at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens. “Our young women will expand on their computer science knowledge and the skills that are so important and valuable in today’s economy. Amazon is helping fill a major gap in our curriculum that will help young people acquire the skills to build rewarding careers, while boosting prospects for our local community overall.”  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 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. And, 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.

“We want to help make sure more children across New York City gain the coding skills necessary to have successful careers in many fields,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer, Amazon. “We are excited that Amazon Future Engineer will immediately impact more than 130 schools and thousands of students who do not currently have access to computer science education. We will continue to invest in bringing these classes to more schools in New York City and across the U.S.”

Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program intended to inspire, educate, and train children and young adults from underserved and low income communities across the country to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science. Amazon Future Engineer aims to inspire more than 10 million kids each year to explore computer science, help over 100,000 young people in 2,000 high schools in lower income communities take Introductory or Advanced Placement (AP) courses in computer science, and provide 100 students from underrepresented communities with four-year $10,000 scholarships as well as guaranteed internships to gain work experience.

The list of New York City high schools is on the Amazon Day One blog and below:  

Abraham Lincoln High School
Academy for Careers In Television And Film
Academy for Conservation And The Environment
Academy for Software Engineering
Academy for Young Writers
Academy of Finance and Enterprise
Academy of Urban Planning
Al-Ihsan Academy
Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Academy
Archbishop Molloy High School
Baruch College Campus High School
Beacon High School
Bedford Academy High School
Beth Rivka High School
Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (Base)
Bronx Community High School
Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts
Bronx High School of Science
Bronx International High School
Brooklyn High School for Law And Technology
Brooklyn High School of the Arts
Brooklyn Lab School
Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School
Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
Bushwick School for Social Justice
Calhoun School
City College Academy of the Arts
Clara Barton High School
College of Staten Island High School for International Studies
Collegiate Institute for Math and Science
Columbia Secondary School
Curtis High School
Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School
Dominican Academy
Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School
Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem
East Harlem Scholars Academy Charter School
East Williamsburg Scholars Academy
East-West School of International Studies
Edward R. Murrow High School
El Puente Academy for Peace And Justice
Energy Tech High School
Epic High School North
Evangel Christian School
Excelsior Preparatory High School
Francis Lewis High School
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School
George Westinghouse High School
Gotham Collaborative High School
Grover Cleveland High School
High School for Law & Public Service
High School for Leadership & Public Service
High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow
High School of Arts and Technology
High School of Enterprise Business & Technology
Independence High School
Information Technology High School
International High School at Prospect Heights
International School for Liberal Arts
Inwood Early College for Health and Information Technologies
Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis High School
James Madison High School
John Bowne High School
Kappa International High School
Kingsbridge International High School
Manhattan Center for Science & Mathematics
Manhattan High School for Girls
Martin Van Buren High School
Math Engineering and Science Academy Charter High School
Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
Monsignor Scanlan High School
Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies
Mount St. Michael Academy
New Dorp High School
New Heights Academy Charter School
New Utrecht High School
New Visions Charter High School For Humanities II
New Visions Charter High School-Advanced Math/Science II
New Visions Charter High School-Advanced Math/Science III
New Visions Charter High School-Advanced Math/Science IV
Newtown High School
Northside Charter High School
NYC Charter High School - Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industries
NYC Museum School
Pan American International High School at Monroe
Preston High School
Queens High School for Information Research and Technology
Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
Queens Metropolitan High School
Queens School of Inquiry
Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School
Richard R. Green High School of Teaching
Richmond Hill High School
Robert F. Kennedy Community High School
Robert F. Wagner Secondary School for Arts and Technology
Saint Catharine Academy
Science Skills Center High School
St. Agnes Academic School
St. Barnabas High School
St. Demetrios School
St. Johns Preparatory School
St. Joseph High School
St. Joseph Hill Academy High School
St. Raymond High School for Boys
Summit Academy Charter School
Sunset Park High School
Susan E. Wagner High School
Teachers Preparatory High School
The Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance
The Cathedral School
The Clinton School
The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology
The Mary Louis Academy
The Renaissance Charter School
The Scholars' Academy
The School for Human Rights
The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters
The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria
The Young Women's Leadership School of Queens
Theatre Arts Production Company School
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School
Townsend Harris High School
University Neighborhood High School
Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women
Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science
Veritas Academy
William Cullen Bryant High School
World Journalism Preparatory: A College Board School
Xaverian High School
Xavier
YABC at Stevenson
Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School

Amazon Future Engineer is still accepting applications from schools for the high school piece of the program, in addition to the K-8, scholarship, and internship stages. Those interested in applying can do so at www.amazonfutureengineer.com.

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