Published on December 14th, 2018 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Allison Flicker & Jennifer Tulipano On The Amazon Future Engineer Program, Amazon & More

Somewhere between story time and scissor practice, young students throughout the country are learning about another skill: computer programming. An estimated 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs are expected to be on the market by 2020, with a mere 400,000 STEM graduates holding the applicable degree in order to pursue a career within the computer science field.

This month alone, hundreds of thousands of students will participate in this year’s Hour Of Code: Dance Party, a program that encourages creativity among students made possible by a partnership with a new Amazon program called Amazon Future Engineer. Amazon is thinking big and long-term, helping close the opportunity gap within younger generations and supporting the creation of a more diverse talent pipeline for the future through their new program, Amazon Future Engineer.

From coding camps and online tutorials, to funding Introductory and Advanced Placement Computer Science courses in low-income schools, to providing college scholarships and Amazon internships, AFE is excited to give students of all ages the opportunity to get ahead in this rapidly-growing field. AFE is particularly focused on students from underprivileged and under-represented communities, ultimately aiming to reach one million female students through the program’s efforts.

I had the pleasure of doing Q&A with Allison Flicker (STEM Ambassador at Amazon) and Ms. Jennifer Tulipano (Computer Science Teacher at Monsignor Scanlon High School in Bronx, New York), and video highlights from that interview are embedded from my channel on YouTube.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident (and Long Island native) with over 15 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his favorite band Superdrag. In the years following, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer.Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Format Magazine, Businessweek, The Improper, the L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. He is a member of the SATW and the IFWTWA organizations as a food and travel writer.Darren is also the host the recently-launched "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with PureGrainAudio.

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