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SCCS Students benefit from a 2-year computer science focus grant
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Santa Cruz City Schools, the Santa Cruz Education Foundation and ETR (Education, Training and Research) have been awarded a 2-year, $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to address disparities, bolster computer science education and expand computer science pathways for K-8 students in Santa Cruz public schools.

This vital federal National Science Foundation grant will allow us to increase access to computer science education in Santa Cruz public schools, and to better understand and strengthen computer science pathways for all of our students. The funds will be used to strengthen existing computer science activities in elementary and middle school, provide professional development for teachers, engage parents and the broader community, and do research on what works, and for whom.

The high number of open technology-related jobs in the U.S. demonstrates the continuing importance that computer science (CS) plays in American society. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that by 2024, 1.1 million computing-related jobs in the U.S. will be vacant.

Gault Elementary Principal Amariah Hernandez is enthusiastic about what the grant will mean for her students. She says, “This computer science grant is a wonderful opportunity for all of our students. We are excited that our students will be given the chance to learn and explore more technology in their classrooms and have direct instruction with 21st century skills. This funding provides access and resources for all students, regardless of their gender, race or socio-economic status. We feel fortunate to be a part of a grant that will support the growth of integrated, diverse skills for our kids.”

“I’m thrilled that Santa Cruz students are going to gain important computer science skills. This is an incredible opportunity for them and a big step in creating a dynamic workforce in our community. I’m particularly glad that this grant will translate into new opportunities for women and students of color, who are under-represented in the tech industry. I commend the Santa Cruz Education Foundation for securing this National Science Foundation grant.”
– Ryan Coonerty, Santa Cruz City Supervisor, 3rd District.

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is a 501 © (3) nonprofit that promotes excellence in the Santa Cruz City Schools by supporting programs that develop creative, capable and engaged learners so that all students can achieve their full potential. The Santa Cruz Education Foundation (SCEF) supports our schools through advocacy, outreach and fundraising.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

ETR is a behavioral health non-profit devoted to providing science-based programs and services, driven by our mission to advance health and opportunities for youth and families.

Santa Cruz City Schools extends heartfelt thanks to all the folks who collectively work so diligently to discover opportunities for students in Santa Cruz City Schools. In this particular instance, we are especially grateful to Rocco Cappalla and Stephanie Pache from the Santa Cruz Education Foundation and Jill Denner (Senior Research Scientist and SCCS Parent) and her team from ETR.

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