Fatma Cemile Serce, the director of the computer science programme at Bellevue College, interacts with students. To support the computer science programmes at local universities in the Seattle area, Amazon is providing $3 million.
East of Seattle lies Bellevue College, which will receive $1.5 million over three years for its bachelor of science in computer science programme. In 2017, the degree programme began. and is currently home to 155 kids. Increased financial aid for enrolled students and college outreach to K–12 pupils will result from the contribution.
A grant of $1.5 million will be given to the Seattle College Foundation to help fund the school’s new computer science bachelor’s degree. Twenty students seeking the degree were accepted into North Seattle College’s first class this autumn. Amazon contributed $1 million to the project, which was utilised for faculty hiring and training.
The Seattle College Foundation gift was announced by Victor Reinoso, global director of Amazon’s education philanthropic initiatives. “We at Amazon understand the importance of computer science education. “This investment will remove the barriers that historically underserved communities have experienced and give more opportunity for local students who want to pursue careers in the technology sector.
Compared to universities, the colleges that Amazon finances provide a more affordable path to tech degree programmes. Additionally, a wider range of students are drawn to them.
In this area, Bellevue College provides a bachelor of science degree. In general, college tuition is less expensive than university tuition. In-state tuition and fees for a computer science major at Bellevue College are $7,266 a year, as opposed to $12,076 at the University of Washington. Due in part to high incomes and more job prospects, educators predict that demand for computer science degree programmers will expand over time.
According to a 2022 estimate from the Computing Technology Industry Association, Washington State has 333,000 tech employment, including occupations needing computer skills and a variety of jobs at tech businesses. A tech-specific worker’s median income was $124,653, which is 147% more than the state median.