At a time when the public and private sectors are struggling to create jobs, the technology sector is struggling to fill innumerable open positions. Jobs in computing fields are among the highest paying and fastest growing, and yet our current workforce is not equipped to fill them. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million new computer science jobs, but only 400,000 computer science students.
It’s time our education system prioritizes the skills these jobs demand in a scalable way.
At Girls Who Code and Urban Assembly, we’ve dedicated our missions to addressing these gaps in the market by preparing the next generation with the skills they’ll need to pursue 21st century opportunities.