WASHINGTON, DC — Oracle is the most recent member to join the Computing in the Core Coalition, as part of the company's commitment to advancing education with state-of-the art technology programs that prepare students for life and work in the 21st century.
The coalition is a nonpartisan advocacy group working to ensure that the country's K-12 education system provides students access to computer science education and the opportunities it provides. As the number of graduates with computer science degrees continues to fall short of demand for them, the coalition collaborates with companies like Oracle to develop innovative solutions to address these challenges.
The coalition, founded in October 2010, boasts a mixed membership of associations, non-profit organizations and corporations, including Microsoft, Google, SAS, the Association for Computing Machinery, the IEEE Computer Society, the National Center for Women and Information Technology, and Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Since the coalition's inception, it has been dedicated to influencing federal policy, including the introduction of the Computer Science Education Act, to improve computer science education and support computer science teachers.
"We welcome Oracle's membership in the Coalition and their longstanding commitment to computer science education," said Computing in the Core Representative Della Cronin. "Oracle and our other corporate members are looking to raise awareness about the importance of K-12 computer science education and make certain our students have access to the content and skills needed to fill the growing number of jobs in this field."
"Few subjects will open as many doors for students in the 21st century as computer science and engineering," said Oracle Academy Vice President Alison Derbenwick Miller. "As the steward of Java and a technology industry leader, Oracle is uniquely positioned to help students develop the knowledge and expertise required for in-demand careers today and into the future. We look forward to working with the Coalition to support the broad availability of computer science education and the engagement of students in computer science in meaningful ways that will inspire our next generation of technology leaders."
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that computing occupations will remain among the 10 fastest growing major occupations in the United States and the country faces a talent pipeline issue in computing. Strengthening K-12 computer science education will help the country meet these needs.