WALTHAM, MA | December 11, 2013
EDC has received a $50,000 grant to support a statewide coalition effort to expand computer science education in Massachusetts and inspire students to take coding and other computer courses. The grant was awarded by the Boston Foundation, which seeks to address pressing needs in the Greater Boston community.
EDC will use the funding to support the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN), which is working to prepare students to be leaders and innovators in a global economy dependent upon computer technology. EDC is one of several partners in MassCAN, which also includes tech giants Google Inc., and Microsoft Corp., along with Massachusetts business groups.
“We want to help advance MassCAN’s mission to ensure that all students in the Commonwealth have a strong foundation in computing,” said EDC’s Jim Stanton, executive director of MassCAN. “These funds from the Boston Foundation will help with our strategic planning work to ensure that Massachusetts plays a leading role in actively developing the educated workforce needed to sustain our knowledge- and information-based state economy.”
Toward that end, EDC is developing actions plans for key issues, including state computer science standards, K–12 computer science curriculum, and professional development for K–12 computer science teachers across the Commonwealth.
EDC and MassCAN are dedicated to building a partnership of educators, industry professionals, and nonprofits to mobilize available resources and create new computer education opportunities accessible to all students in Massachusetts.
For more on MassCAN, visit http://masscan.edc.org.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), is a global nonprofit organization that creates learning opportunities for people around the world, empowering them to pursue healthier, more productive lives. EDC manages 250 projects in 30 countries. Visit www.edc.org.