Amazon Future Engineers
Amazon, Northwest Early College partner to help future engineers
Posted on 05/13/2019
This is the image for the news article titled Amazon, Northwest Early College partner to help future engineersNorthwest Early College High School in the Canutillo Independent School District is one of a select number of schools nationwide that this spring will graduate the first class of Amazon Future Engineers.

Northwest is one of only 1,000 high schools nationwide selected for the prestigious program. This is possible through Amazon Future Engineer, a comprehensive childhood-to-career program designed to inspire, educate and train students from underserved communities to pursue careers in computer science.

“Canutillo ISD aims to address the needs of the job market through research that results in a modern curriculum that offers different educational fields,” said CISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Pedro Galaviz. “We embrace innovative and interactive tools to encourage young students to pick up digital skills that will be useful for the future.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. Research shows that students from underprivileged backgrounds are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.