NY’s Academy for Software Engineering (AFSE), has started classes for its inaugural class of 100 9th graders. Students are taking classes in computer science and statistics, and are encouraged to collaborate with mentors in the NY startup scene. Many have praised the school for addressing the gaps within the software engineering field. Though Silicon Alley is nearby, coders who create the back-end for websites and mobile apps are still in high demand.
According to WNYC’s New Tech City, this is part of a national trend, and only about 20,000 high school students in the United States take the Advanced Placement Computer Science test every year, versus the 150,000 who take the Advanced Placement Calculus exam. However, software development jobs are expected to increase by 30% in the next 10 years, and host of New Tech City, Manoush Zomodori, looked into the AFSE to see how it is combating this ever-expanding gap in high-tech skills.