Colorado Technology Association, Colorado Succeeds and
Silicon STEM Academy are Collaborating to
Offer Computer Science Scholarship Opportunities for Colorado High School Students
$20,000 Scholarship Fund Distributed To 100 Students to Jumpstart Their Future in Tech
- The 4-week course meets 2X a week for an hour each class, for a total of 8 hours. The actual schedule will be posted once all of the scholarships have been accepted and awarded students will be notified via email.
- The classes do not take away from your regular school day as the classes are typically held in the evening after-school hours.
- The class meets entirely online and is completely instructor-led by a specialized computer science instructor with real industry experience.
- Because the class is online, you do not have to live in Denver Metro Area to participate! You can live anywhere and take the entire class from your own home.
- You must be a current Colorado high school student.
- Courses begin in January, February or March based on student demand. All students will be notified once scholarship applications have been reviewed and approved.
- The application process is now OPEN (click Apply Below).
IS THIS SCHOLARSHIP RIGHT FOR YOU?
- The purpose of the scholarship and coding course is to help introduce newbies to the world of computer programming. So if you’re interested in learning to code, have done no prior coding or a little here & there, or perhaps have attempted and have gotten too frustrated with other online coding courses – then this opportunity is right for you! This is the first step.
- If you have already done some coding before, but ready to take the next step or want to learn sooner and faster, check out the other many online coding classes that Silicon STEM Academy offers. CLICK HERE > go to courses.
About the Initiative
A Statewide Imperative
Expanding immediate access to Computer Programming Training is a statewide imperative to help continue to build our tech talent pool and to fill critical job openings. The time to learn to code is now.
Empowering More Girls in Tech
Unfortunately, the number of females in STEM careers has been on a steady decline over the last 10 years. Our goal is that 50% of the student scholarships go to ‘techy girls’ who want to learn how to code.
We Mean All Of Colorado
We are seeking the best and brightest of Colorado’s future workforce, and that’s not just students in Denver and Boulder, but from all over the state! Our goal is for 50% of the student participants to be outside of the Denver Metro area.
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100 High School Students
Only 14% of the HS in the state are in a position to provide AP level Computer Science courses and standards are currently under review. We are seeking 100 students who want to get a head start on their futures.
Filling the Talent Pool
Students that learn Computer Science in High School are 6 times more likely to major in it, and women are 10 times more likely. Last year, only 42,969 Computer Science students graduated into the worforce to fill over 600,000 available jobs in the US.
Colorado and Computer Science: By The Numbers
WHY IS LEARNING TO CODE SO IMPORTANT?
If you don’t believe us…or other teachers about why learning to code is so important…maybe you’ll believe Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and other industry leaders. CLICK “WHAT MOST SCHOOLS DON’T TEACH” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKIu9yen5nc
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The current number of open computing jobs in Colorado
The number of computer science graduates in Colorado in 2015, and only 15% were female
The projected number of unfilled computing jobs in the US in 2020
The number of new teachers prepared to teach Computer Science, who graduated from Universities in Colorado in 2016
The percentage of schools in Colorado that teach AP Computer Science in 2015-2016 (53 total schools)
The average salary for a computing occupation in Colorado