Obama Becomes First President To Write Code

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President Obama with pupil Adrianna Mitchell at the Hour of Code event

President Obama with student Adrianna Mitchell at the Hour of Code event courtesy of Getty Images.

Last year, President Obama encouraged America to learn more about computer science, and this year he’s putting his money where his mouth is. In honor of Computer Science Education Week, President Obama had approximately 30 middle-school-aged students from Brooklyn, NY, and Newark, NJ, join him at the White House to get online and participate in an “Hour of Code.”

The Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.

General Assembly is delighted that the White House is taking a proactive stance on computer science education, and deeply supports Code.org in it’s endeavor to equip students with the technical skills they need to stay competitive in today’s job economy.

By 2020, more than half of all science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs are projected to be in computer science-related fields. Yet a large majority of K-12 schools still don’t offer computer programming classes, and women and minorities represent an alarmingly small percentage of the tech community.

Here at GA, we believe that every person, no matter what age, race, or socio-economic background, deserves the opportunity to pursue the work they love. That’s why we founded Opportunity Fund, a program that offers web development and design scholarships for underrepresented groups looking to make a career in tech.

In exchange for a scholarship toward one of our Immersive programs, each Opportunity Fund Fellow volunteers 100+ hours to mentoring youth in partnership with select technology education nonprofit organizations like Black Girls Code, CoderDojo, and All Star Code.

Want to learn more about our scholarship program?

Explore Opportunity Fund at GA