A group of senior students graduating from Hapeville Charter Career Academy this year are among the first classes of Amazon Future Engineers.
At a presentation and award ceremony recently, students who completed the AP Computer Science class talked about the course and showed off some of their completed computer science projects.
Francis Anochie, class of 2019, said his interest in becoming a game designer led him to sign up for the course.
“This class started in 2019 and the group I was with was excited to have this opportunity and experience,” Anochie said. “We need more elective classes, like computer science, that students’ are really interested in, so we were glad to participate in this course.”
“To see the interest in coding growing among our youth is a testament to what is going on in our economy and with our future careers,” said Union City councilman Brian Jones.
Members that work for Amazon in Union City and in Seattle came to the graduation event to learn more about the program and inform students about the increased need for computer science-driven majors.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. Research shows that students from underprivileged backgrounds are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.
Amazon Future Engineer is described as a comprehensive childhood-to-career program designed to inspire, educate and train students from underserved communities to pursue careers in computer science. Hapeville Charter Career Academy is one of 56 total Amazon Future Engineer high schools in the state of Georgia.