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ADVISORY: Rep. Suzan DelBene, Top Tech Experts to Convene at CAP for Event on the Importance of K-12 Computer Science Education
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ADVISORY: Rep. Suzan DelBene, Top Tech Experts to Convene at CAP for Event on the Importance of K-12 Computer Science Education

Washington, D.C. — All students—regardless of their racial backgrounds or ZIP codes—should have access to the jobs of the future, which increasingly require computer science training. Currently, there are more than 500,000 unfilled computing jobs, but U.S. universities produced only 40,000 computer science graduates in 2014. Of those 40,000 graduates, only 9 percent were Hispanic and 8 percent were African American.

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the Center for American Progress will host an event with Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and top tech experts from the business, government, and nonprofit worlds about the importance of K-12 computer science education for maintaining U.S. economic competitiveness; preparing students for the good jobs in the future; and expanding opportunities for underrepresented communities. A panel discussion will focus on K-12 computer science education’s ability to help grow the U.S. economy and prepare the nation’s youth for the jobs of the future in an increasingly globalized economy.

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WHO:

Keynote remarks:
Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA)

Featured panelists:
Fred Humphries, Corporate Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft
Hadi Partovi, Founder, Code.org
Ruthe Farmer, Senior Policy Adviser for Tech Inclusion, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House
Dr. Jamika D. Burge, Founder and Principal, Design & Technology Concepts

Moderated by:
Catherine Brown, Vice President of Education Policy, Center for American Progress

WHEN:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET

WHERE:

Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C., 20005

For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Allison Preiss at [email protected] or 202.478.6331.

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