Pluralsight One Commits $10 Million to Support K-12 Computer Science
Company Joins Internet Association Members and Other Businesses, Individuals Who Are Committing More Than $300 Million toward K-12 Computer Science Education Programs
SILICON SLOPES — Pluralsight, the enterprise technology learning platform, today announced through its newly formed Pluralsight One social impact initiative, a $10 million commitment over the next five years to support K-12 computer science education in the United States. Pluralsight One’s commitment is part of today’s announcement by the Internet Association to provide more than $300 million in support of K-12 computer science programs.
This initiative is designed to expand opportunities in computer science and work toward a future where every child has the chance to learn these important skills. According to Code.org, there are more than 500,000 open computing jobs in sectors as diverse as agriculture and banking today, but only 50,000 computer science graduates each year. Also according to Code.org, less than half of schools in the U.S. offer computer science courses, yet 90 percent of parents want them in their schools.
“My father taught me to code when I was eight years old, and I believe every child should have that same opportunity. Educating our youth is one of the most important actions we can take as a nation,” said Aaron Skonnard, co-founder and CEO of Pluralsight. “Pluralsight One is proud to help support K-12 computer science education across America and we applaud the leadership of the Internet Association to build computer science into the fabric of our education system nationally.”
Pluralsight announced Pluralsight One on September 21, 2017. As one of its first steps to developing its social impact program, Pluralsight One is conducting a significant needs assessment of the nonprofit sector using Directed Discovery, the product development framework pioneered by Pluralsight’s Chief Experience Officer, Nate Walkingshaw.
The data and insight gathered throughout the Directed Discovery process will empower Pluralsight One to better design a robust offering in response to the complex needs of the social sector. Pluralsight One plans to work closely with organizations, including Code.org, International Rescue Committee, NetHope, Samasource, STEM Action Center, TechSoup, and other global nonprofits to co-create programs that will have high impact and deep relevance. Pluralsight is also asking nonprofit organizations to share their insights and needs at www.pluralsight.com/one#get-involved.
Pluralsight is the leading technology workforce development company that helps companies and teams build better products by developing critical skills, improving processes and gaining insights through data, and providing strategic skills consulting. Trusted by forward-thinking companies of every size in every industry, Pluralsight helps individuals and businesses transform with technology. Pluralsight Skills helps enterprises build technology skills at scale with expert-authored courses on today’s most important technologies, including cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning, data science, and security, among others. Skills also includes tools to align skill development with business objectives, virtual instructor-led training, hands-on labs, skill assessments and one-of-a-kind analytics. Flow complements Skills by providing engineering teams with actionable data and visibility into workflow patterns to accelerate the delivery of products and services. For more information about Pluralsight, visit pluralsight.com.
Sep 21, 2017
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