According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2013 and 2023, there will be two jobs available for every graduate with a computer science degree, and more than 1.4 million jobs created by 2020 that require computer science and programming skills – but only 400,000 computer science college graduates to fill those jobs. Currently, less than 2.4 percent of U.S. college students graduate with a degree in computer science. Nine out of ten schools do not offer computer programming classes; and 30 out of 50 states in the U.S. do not count computer science towards high school graduation math and science requirements.
As champions of change, TCS recognizes the urgent need for initiatives that engage middle school and high school students in computer programming and introduce pathways to computer science degrees and careers. The call for the technology industry to partner with education agencies and provide skilled industry professionals to initiate middle school and high school students in computer science and programming is one TCS answers with the goIT Student Technology Awareness Program.
From its inception in Cincinnati Ohio in 2009, to 2014’s expansion to eleven additional markets nationally, goIT covers career awareness, hands-on technology education, teacher training, and parent orientation, and the program is offered free of cost to middle and high school students through in-school, after-school, and out-of-school formats. 2014 has been a pivotal year for TCS goIT as the program expanded from 3 to 11 cities across North America, completed training and engagement of over 200 new employee volunteers, and resulted in over 6,500 hours of high-impact skill building and computer science programming, all to benefit students, underserved youths, minorities and girls.
goIT Student Technology Awareness Program locations
- Bentonville, AR
- Santa Clara, CA
- Atlanta, GA
- Chicago, IL
- Midland, MI
- Minneapolis, MN
- Jersey City, NJ
- New York, NY
- Cincinnati, OH
- Columbus, OH
- Dallas, TX
“To succeed on tomorrow’s world stage, students must today have a solid foundation in STEM and be fluent in the technologies that will power the global economy of the 21st Century. Through the goIT program, skilled technology professionals from our company are mentoring and inspiring young students to be future STEM leaders.”
- Surya Kant, TCS President of North America, U.K. and Europe.
“Since its founding, TCS has always committed itself to civic engagement, putting the talent and enthusiasm of its employees to help solve local societal needs.”
- Balaji Ganapathy, TCS Head Workforce Effectiveness North America
“We were able to dedicate time to a new generation of IT geeks."
- Cristian, Volunteer TCS
“I really liked the program. It works well with the kids, and it definitely helps develop their persistence. It really keeps them at it which I think is an important skill to acquire at a young age.”
- John Tebbett, Teacher
“Programming was my favorite part of the project. I hope to someday specialize in programming, especially after doing this program.”
- Josh (student)
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