Amazon Funds Expanded Computer Science Education at Metcalfe County High School
EDMONTON, Ky. (September 30, 2020) – Metcalfe County High School has been selected to join the Amazon Future Engineer program and will receive funding from Amazon to bring expanded computer science classes to students this school year.
Metcalfe County High School students join more than 550,000 students across more than 5,000 schools nationwide that will benefit from Amazon Future Engineer, the company’s program that brings computer science education to students from groups currently underrepresented in the field.
With the support of Amazon Future Engineer, Metcalfe County High School will offer introductory and Advanced Placement (AP) computer science courses. Amazon’s funding provides preparatory lessons, tutorials, and professional development for teachers, fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students, and live online support every day of the week for both teachers and students.
“We are always excited to provide new opportunities at MCHS,” said Principal Clint Graham. “Mr. Justin Smith, our information technology teacher, worked extremely hard to help MCHS get in the Amazon Future Engineer Program. We are confident that Mr. Smith will take the program and not only use it to supplement our computer science classes but use the program as another teaching tool.”
All coursework can be done virtually to help ensure students stay on track and continue to prepare for the jobs of the future. In addition, students are eligible for scholarships and paid internships.
Superintendent Josh Hurt said, “Metcalfe County teachers consistently go above and beyond what is asked of them to seek out new options and opportunities for their students. We are extremely proud of their dedication and thankful for companies like Amazon for recognizing the significance of our students, teachers, school, and community.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects through 2024, the market for computer science professionals will grow twice as fast as the rest of the labor market, and, in 2019, the median annual salary was approximately $48,000 greater than the median wage for all occupations in the U.S.