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Gwynn Park HS Seniors Among Nation's First Amazon 'Future Engineer' Grads

Gwynn Park HS Seniors Among Nation's First Amazon 'Future Engineer' Grads

  • In the News |
  • May 16, 2019

Gwynn Park High School AP Computer Science students seniors will soon be among the first graduates of the Amazon Future Engineer program nationwide! 

It's one of about 50 high schools in the D.C. metro area teaching AP Computer Science via Amazon Future Engineer – a new comprehensive school-to-career program designed to inspire, educate and train students from underserved communities to pursue careers in computer science. 

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 — and research shows that underrepresented students are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.

Also, the average computer science major makes 40% more in lifetime earnings than the average college graduate and nearly three times more than the average high school alumna.

At Gwynn Park, nearly all students who completed the computer science program plan to continue on that path.

Class of 2019 Valedictorian Valeria Jovel received a $20,000 Presidential Scholarship to attend The University of Maryland College Park as a computer engineering major. Similarly, her peers have plans to continue their education studying fields including computer science, mechanical engineering, programming, interactive media design, cyber security and more.

As an Amazon Future Engineer school, students receive access to coursework that prepares them for success in computer science fields. Graduating seniors are eligible for a $10,000 annual college scholarship for four years and students may apply for internships with Amazon during their freshman and sophomore years of college, as long as they are enrolled in an engineering course.