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CodePath.org Brings Workforce-Aligned CS Curriculum to 150 College Campuses

CodePath.org is building up its efforts to deliver an "industry-informed" computer science curriculum at 150 college campuses through a $3 million investment from Cognizant U.S. Foundation, Walmart.org and Microsoft Philanthropies.

The investment will enable CodePath.org to expand its offerings to more than 75 cities nationwide and increase its capacity by 250 percent, with the goal of serving as many as 7,000 students by 2021.

The nonprofit organization works with technology companies and colleges to realign computer science curriculum to meet the needs of employers who are looking to hire students with specific skills. CodePath.org is focused on providing opportunities for women and students of color who are studying and pursuing careers in technology.

In addition to coursework, students can get support and training to guide them through the recruiting and technical interviewing process.

"The computer science coursework offered by most colleges today is disconnected from shifting industry demands. But closing equity gaps in tech requires that we not only equip students with the technical skills employers are looking for, but also prepare them to navigate technical interviews and other barriers that often close the door on tech careers for women and students of color," said Michael Ellison, founder and CEO of CodePath.org.

More information on CodePath.org's courses is available on the nonprofit's website.

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe covering education policy and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

Friedman can be contacted at sfriedman@1105media.com or follow her on Twitter @SaraEFriedman.

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