Trump to launch $200M STEM education initiative with Silicon Valley leaders

Trump to launch $200M STEM education initiative with Silicon Valley leaders

Trump to launch $200M STEM education initiative with Silicon Valley leaders

The pledge was made two hours before the arrival of White House adviser Ivanka Trump to Detroit.

The Obama administration called for $4 billion for computer science education in an initiative announced in January 2016; however, that funding never materialized from Congress.

The private investment will be funded by Internet Association member companies and other businesses and individuals over five years.

Detroit-based automaker General Motors Co., management consulting giant Accenture PLC and and online education firm Pluralsight are donating $10 million each to the cause. It sets as a "goal" the expenditure of $200 million a year in grants to support that priority, and further directs DeVos to "explore administrative actions" that would add to or increase emphasis on computer science in K-12 and post-secondary schooling.

While Trump said the starting salary for trained apprentices is about $60,000, the White House said Monday that STEM and computer science jobs also offer workers a pathway toward making a high salary.

"My administration will do everything possible to provide our children, especially kids in underserved areas, with access to high-quality education in science, technology, engineering, and math", President Trump said Monday afternoon in the Oval Office.

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Ms. Trump said the Education Department would focus its attention on grant applications related to computer science and to proposals that catered to computer science education for girls and students from minority backgrounds. The news release did not disclose the amount.

"We still have a lot of people out there who don't have jobs", Gilbert said. Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities.

Trump was joined on a panel by Gilbert, Salesforce.org CEO Rob Acker and Marillyn Hewson, president, CEO and chairman of Lockheed Martin.

According to his organization, there are more than 500,000 computing jobs open nationally across multiple business sectors, but about 50,000 computer science graduates annually in the U.S.

This funding push is vitally needed because according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, only 10 percent of schools nationwide offer computer science or programming courses.

"It shouldn't be that a student's chance to study it depends on the neighborhood she grows up in - or the color of his skin", said Hadi Partovi, CEO of code.org.

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