Building upon the success of the executive roundtable on CS Education and Careers held on September 6, 2013, TCS joined with STEMconnector®, to host a Computer Science roundtable on May 16, 2014, at the New York Academy of Sciences on how states and cities are advancing computer science education, what the industry is doing to advance computer skills, and how we can identify, replicate and scale best practices from these efforts. This white paper shares the insights and solutions that emerged from the roundtable discussion, including Five Key Scalable Resolutions:
- Industry and CS educators must work hand-in-hand
- Students deserve clear communication about the value of a CS degree
- CS education needs to start earlier
- CS teachers need to feel connected and part of a community
- To match CS supply with demand, we need to address the equity issue
The rapidly growing need for employees with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) poses a considerable challenge for US companies. To address this, TCS joined with STEMconnector® to host an executive round table — to bring much needed attention to computer science — from the perspectives of education, policy, workforce and career. Numerous actions that need to be taken at the local, state and federal level were identified during the September 6, 2013 round table discussions. The Computer Science Executive Round Table on Education and Careers in the U.S. concluded with five key takeaways:
- Leaders across sectors must join forces and align their efforts in supporting successful initiatives to advance computer science education at a national and regional levels.
- Computer science must be counted toward high school graduation requirements at the state level.
- Big and small businesses can, and should, join together to influence public policy and education reform.
- Nonprofit initiatives, which provide education, coaching and mentoring pathways to millions of students and youth are critical to addressing the need for skilled programmers.
- Corporate America must ignite students’ interest in computer science by collaboratively spreading the word about the opportunities available through volunteer programs.
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TCS’ Commitment to STEM
The need for innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the United States is urgent. As a leading IT services provider, TCS North America recognizes that our company’s future — and that the nation’s increasingly knowledge-driven economy — depends upon more Americans with STEM skills entering the workforce each year. TCS' workforce development and community engagement strategies in the United States are focused on advanced and niche technology skill development and certification and the company is involved in numerous efforts to cultivate the talent that will make up the future technology workforce.
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