Detroit, Michigan – Today, Internet Association announced a private sector commitment of more than $300 million dedicated to K-12 computer science programs. The pledge represents a private sector contribution which complements the Trump Administration’s commitment to computer science education made in yesterday’s presidential memorandum that directed the Department of Education to make STEM and computer science a priority within competitive grant programs. Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump is joining Internet Association and donor companies at an event today in Detroit to discuss the importance of computer science education.
The private sector contribution will be funded by Internet Association member companies and other businesses and individuals over five years. Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforceeach commit $50 million, Lockheed Martin commits $25 million, Accenture commits more than $10 million, General Motors commits $10 million, Pluralsight commits $10 million, and private individuals and foundations commit $3 million to nonprofits focused on computer science education. Detroit-based Quicken Loans commits the financial resources required to ensure more than 15,000 Detroit Public Schools students receive the computer science training they deserve. Intuit and Internet Association are also providing a significant contribution to the effort.
“Today’s renewed commitment to high-quality computer science education made by the Trump Administration, the internet industry, and other businesses will help ensure all students develop the skills they need to succeed in the digital economy. It’s essential that the public and private sectors work together to ensure all American students have the opportunity to learn computer science and take part in the fastest growing sector of our economy,” said Michael Beckerman, Internet Association President & CEO.
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