MassTLC ED Foundation receives $350,000 from Microsoft to Support K-12 Computer Science Education in Massachusetts
Grant Underscores Industry Commitment to Ensuring Students have the Skills to Succeed in 21st Century Economy
BOSTON, MA – October 29, 2013 – The Mass Technology Leadership Council Education Foundation (MassTLC EF) announced today the receipt of a $350,000 grant from Microsoft to support expansion of computer science education in Massachusetts. The MassTLC EF will work with the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN), a coalition of educators, industry professionals, and nonprofits to help increase adoption of computer science in schools.
In Photo [Left to Right]: Senator Karen Spilka; Heather Johnson Carey, MassTLC ED Foundation;
Annmarie Levins,Microsoft; Secretary Bialecki; Brian Burke, Microsoft
“Computer science skills are critical to the future of all students regardless of the path they pursue,” remarked Heather Carey, Executive Director of the MassTLC Education Foundation. “We are grateful for the investment Microsoft is making in Massachusetts and will work closely with teachers, parents, industry, and others to ensure all students have access to the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century economy.”
“Microsoft has a longstanding commitment to computer science education and we are excited to support the Education Foundation’s mission to bring CS to all kids in the Commonwealth,” said Annmarie Levins, Associate General Counsel with Microsoft.
The Ed Foundation will use the investment to accelerate its work in expanding computing education and play an active role in mobilizing industry, increasing awareness of the importance of computer science, and providing a platform for parents, teachers, students, districts and industry to find resources, share best practices and connect. Some Important Stats
- The Bureau of Labor statistics projects in 2020 over half of all STEM jobs will require computing.
- Massachusetts is one of 40 states that has not adopted Computer Science Standards for K-12.
- In 2012 of the close to 70,000 graduating HS seniors in the state only 559 passed AP CS exam. Of those 559 students only 24 were underrepresented minorities.
- In most districts in Massachusetts, students who take Computer Science courses are not able to count those credits toward satisfying a math or science requirement for graduation.
“The MassTLC Education Foundation is a vitally important partner in helping MassCAN meet its goals. We are grateful for Microsoft’s support of our collaborative efforts to advance Computing Education in Massachusetts schools”, said Jim Stanton, Executive Director, MassCAN.
“Talent remains a top challenge for Massachusetts industry”, commented Tom Hopcroft, CEO of MassTLC. “As Governor Patrick noted in his 2012 State of the Commonwealth address, we have a skills divide between the 240,000 unemployed residents and 120,000 open job requisitions. We believe that increasing students’ access to computing education will help decrease this divide and keep Massachusetts as a global leader in innovation.”
About MassTLC Education Foundation
The MassTLC Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to expand computing education in Massachusetts for all students. To learn more, get involved, and support our work, visit www.masstlcef.org or contact Executive Director Heather Carey at 617-285-9113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. For more information, visit www.microsoft.com.
MassCAN is a partnership of organizations collaborating to inspire and educate Massachusetts students in computing. Partners today include nonprofits, business organizations, companies, educational institutions and organizations sponsoring and fostering collaborative systemic change. For more information, visit www.masscan.net or contact Executive Director Jim Stanton at email@example.com
The Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) is the region’s leading technology association and the premier network for tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors and policy leaders. MassTLC’s purpose is to accelerate innovation by connecting people from across the technology landscape, providing access to industry-leading content and ideas and offering a platform for visibility for member companies and their interests. For more information, visitwww.masstlc.org.