Amazon aims to be one-stop shop for training future computer engineers

Ian Bush
March 25, 2019 - 11:26 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Next year, there are expected to be more than three times more computer science-related jobs than there are people with the right skills for them. 

Online retailer Amazon is trying to make a difference, starting with kids in kindergarten.

"It's a long-term vision with an intention to stick with students throughout their academic career," said Amazon's Allison Flicker.

She says the company's after-school workshops and coding camps are designed to spark inspiration in the elementary set. 

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Amazon is also targeting older students. 

"Amazon Future Engineer is funding intro and [advanced placement] computer science classes in more than 2,000 high schools across the country," Flicker said, including nine in the Philadelphia area. "There's room for close to 1,000 more schools to get involved."

Teachers get help, too, with class prep and an online computer science curriculum.

Flicker says Amazon is focusing on reaching students from underprivileged backgrounds and in underserved communities.

"Students who maybe otherwise don't have access to this type of computer science education — making sure they know what's out there and that it's something that could lead to a really rewarding job someday," she said.

The company is also awarding college scholarships and internships. There is more information at amazonfutureengineer.com.