Monday, December 17, 2018
"We were excited to see this city-wide effort involve people of all ages in Hour of Code," said Alice Steinglass, President of Code.org. "We hope this momentum will continue into 2019 and beyond and that Milwaukee can be a champion for computer science in Wisconsin."
More than 190 volunteers led Milwaukee Hour of Code events, which coincided with Code.org's global Hour of Code campaign. The initiative is part of Northwestern Mutual's commitment to advance Milwaukee as a national hub for technology, business and talent development.
"When companies and communities work side by side to support a larger purpose, good things happen," said Karl Gouverneur, vice president of digital workplace, corporate solutions and head of digital innovation at Northwestern Mutual. "To build a vibrant tech hub in Milwaukee, we're providing students with STEM learning opportunities so that they can be inspired and develop an interest in technology from an early age."
Computer science drives growth and innovation throughout the economy and society, but according to Code.org, only 40 percent of high schools nationwide teach computer science.
Wisconsin currently has nearly 8,000 open computing jobs, and more than 30,000 technology job openings in the Milwaukee seven county region are expected in the next five years due to retirement and changing careers alone. This number does not include new jobs projected to be created as digital transformation drives talent shifts in most industry sectors. To build the talent needed to be successful in the digital future, the Milwaukee region must establish a strong ecosystem that includes building classroom capacity for STEM education.
Participating companies and organizations included:
To learn more about Northwestern Mutual's commitment to STEM, visit innovation.nm.com.
SOURCE Northwestern Mutual