The coding program initially began in partnership with the Bhutanese refugee community, where we saw incredible results. Because of this success, community leaders and youth from five other key refugee communities in Salt Lake City requested the program and we have quickly scaled to meet that demand.

We invite you to learn more about the communities involved and why these families were compelled to leave their home countries:

 

WHY WE’RE INVESTING IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

Computer science drives innovation throughout the U.S. economy, but it remains marginalized throughout K-12 education. There are currently 583,155 open computing jobs nationwide. Last year, only 59,764 computer science students graduated into the workforce.

Besides addressing the widening talent gap, jobs in computer science are typically well-paying, offering tremendous opportunity for communities with limited access to expensive formal education.

 

Program details

Each weekend an amazing group of industry professionals, local leaders and community partners volunteer their time to teach Code.org’s accelerated computer science curriculum. Enrichment workshops follow and complement what the students learn in the Code.org curriculum. The workshops focus on experiential learning and cover topics like programming, robotics, and mobile app creation.

The computer science curriculum is complemented by filmmaking and storytelling workshops provided by Westminster College, which will culminate into a feature-length film showcasing the evolution of the course as well as the journey of five students.