NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ScriptEd, a nonprofit that provides coding courses to students in 46 under-resourced high schools in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, announced today that it plans to continue its growth in new and current regions under the new name Code Nation.
Founded in 2012 in New York City, Code Nation currently reaches about 1,500 students nationwide. In 2016, the organization expanded to the Bay Area, where it now reaches more than 300 students in 14 schools across San Francisco and Oakland. Chicago will be the next new region to launch Code Nation programs, with plans underway for a pilot in the 2019-2020 school year.
The name change reflects the organization’s transformation into a leading provider of technology education and workforce development programs in under-resourced schools. The name also represents the organization’s growth into a nonprofit partner of choice for companies and volunteers. Each of Code Nation’s 80 classes is taught by a team of professional web and software developers on a volunteer basis, creating a unique community of more than 300 volunteers from 200+ companies.
“The name Code Nation represents the growing community of young people, volunteers, schools and company partners who support our mission of increasing access to technology careers,” said Maurya Couvares, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Code Nation. “Through our new brand, we hope to send a powerful message about the strength of our community, and empower our alumni to build careers where they can fulfill their full economic, social, and creative potential.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for computing and technology occupations in 2017 was $84,580, nearly twice the annual household income for families of students who receive free or reduced price lunch, for which a majority of Code Nation students qualify. Code Nation will continue to grow its program to reach more students in more cities in the coming years.
ABOUT CODE NATION
Code Nation brings teenagers and technologists together to help more young people gain the skills, experiences, and connections that launch careers in tech. With a volunteer teaching corps of 300 professional web and software developers, Code Nation (formerly known as ScriptEd) provides tuition-free coding courses and work-based learning experiences to students in under-resourced schools.
In 2018-2019, Code Nation programs reach about 1,500 students in 46 schools in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. 73% of students who complete two or more years of Code Nation programs are majoring in computer science or a related field in college or currently employed in tech.
Learn more at www.codenation.org.