NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – About 1,000 middle school and high school students in New York City will take part in a new software engineer pilot program beginning in the fall.
On Monday, Mayor Bloomberg announced the 20 schools selected to take part in the pilot program. The Software Engineering Pilot program is designed to prepare the students for work in the technology sector.
The pilot program was first announced during Bloomberg’s State of the City address earlier this year. The students at the selected schools will receive a comprehensive computer science and software engineering curriculum.
The program is expected to grow to include 3,500 students by 2016, according to the city.
“We know it’s vital to prepare our children to succeed in an increasingly technology-centered economy and the Software Engineering Pilot will help us do just that,” said Bloomberg. “This groundbreaking program will ensure that more students receive computer science and software engineering instruction so that they can compete for the tech jobs that are increasingly becoming a part of our city’s economy. We’re creating the home-grown workforce our city needs and teaching our students skills that will open up new doors for them and their future.”