Mayor Mike Bloomberg visited Bay Ridge this morning to announce a new pilot for a Software Engineering program. The High School of Telecommunications Arts and Sciences (350 67th Street) is one of 20 schools selected to take part in the pilot, and it was the site of Bloomberg’s announcement.
Bloomberg initially announced the plan to invest in the school system’s computer science program in the State Of The City address. The program is expected to grow to 3,500 students citywide by 2016.
“We know it’s vital to prepare our children to succeed in an increasingly technology-centered economy and the Software Engineering Pilot will help us do just that,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “This groundbreaking program will ensure that more students receive computer science and software engineering instruction so that they can compete for the tech jobs that are increasingly becoming a part of our city’s economy. We’re creating the home-grown workforce our city needs and teaching our students skills that will open up new doors for them and their future.”
As part of the Software Engineering Pilot, the High School of Telecommunications Arts and Sciences will receive comprehensive computer science and software engineering curriculum, and instructors leading the classes will receive teacher training.