Cracking the Code: Giving More Students Access to Computer Science


This article highlights the work of the EDC-led Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) and quotes EDC's Jim Stanton: "Jim Stanton, Executive Director of MassCAN and Senior Project Director at the Massachusetts-based EDC, emphasized the importance of getting all stakeholders involved to provide students with what he termed 'indispensable skills in all industries and careers, nationally and globally.' He stressed the need for every student to gain these essential 21st century skills, warning that in the current workforce, 82 percent of those with CS qualifications are male, and 83 percent are White or Asian. That is not a sustainable model for filling all the necessary jobs requiring CS, and thus we need more young women and historically underrepresented groups taking CS."


American Youth Policy Forum

Publication Date: 

Monday, July 25, 2016