Facebook invests $1 mn to boost computer education among minorities

November 30, 2018

Facebook, on Wednesday, announced an investment of $1 million in CodePath.org to boost computer science education among underrepresented minorities and women.

CodePath.org is a US-based nonprofit that provides computer science education to female and minority students at universities around the country. “Today, we’re excited to announce that Facebook has invested $1 Million in CodePath.org to help us expand from serving 400 students to over 1000 per semester in the next year,” Michael Ellison, Founder at CodePath.org, wrote in a blog post.

“The funding will also allow us to create courses that target underrepresented minorities and women during their freshman year and expand our number of college partners,” she added.

The funding is aimed at broadening the scope of new students from underrepresented communities, decrease attrition as well as bridge the gap between traditional computer science curriculum and practical software engineering job responsibilities. “The funding will also allow us to create courses that target underrepresented minorities and women during their freshman year and expand our number of college partners,” Ellison said, adding it will help cultivate a bigger pipeline of underrepresented software engineers.

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