Facebook, McKinsey team up to launch new initiative called ‘TechPrep’
Social network Facebook is launching a new initiative – called ‘TechPrep’ – in partnership with consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
Under the new TechPrep initiative, Facebook and McKinsey will offer a wide range of resources – including tutorials, videos and games – to enable parents to help their children pursue careers in computer programming.
According to the details shared by Facebook about TechPrep, the new initiative will offer resources in both English and Spanish, to assist young people and their parents/guardians in exploring how to move towards a career related to computer science. The initiative will also apprise learners and their parents/guardians about the jobs available to programmers, as well as the skills required for becoming a programmer.
Though TechPrep will essentially be a resource hub for learners – and their parents and guardians - interested in careers in the technology arena, Facebook has said that the initiative will initially be focused on “underrepresented minorities” -- that is, communities in which there are high populations of Black and Latino people.
In reference to the TechPrep initiative, Maxine Williams - Global Director of Diversity at Facebook – said: "Parents and guardians are influential figures in students' lives. By exposing people to computer science and programming and guiding them to the resources they need to get started, we hope to reduce some of the barriers that block potential from meeting opportunity."
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