Ivanka Trump, daughter and senior adviser of President Donald Trump, is expected to be in Detroit on Tuesday to make an announcement about a new nationwide initiative to promote STEM and computer science education. Yet less than half of US schools offer computer science classes, even though more than 90 percent of parents say they want their kids to learn such skills, according to a Gallup survey commissioned by Google.
"Greater access to STEM and computer science programs will ensure that our children can develop the skills they need to compete and win in the workforce of tomorrow", he said.
The forum comes a day after President Donald Trump directed his education secretary Betsy DeVos to prioritize science and technology education and spend at least $200 million annually on competitive grants for STEM, science, technology, engineering and math, programs.
GM, according to the company's media website, will have committed more than $10 million by the end of the year to advance and improve STEM education.
Ivanka Trump is joining Internet Association and donor companies in Detroit to discuss the importance of computer science education.
Intuit and Internet Association are also providing a significant contribution, Internet Association officials said.
Survey results and labor statistics collected by Code.org suggest there's a flawless storm of demand for computer science skills and knowledge.
On the second panel, Ivanka Trump offered a nod to how computer science skills can prepare students for career pathways straight out of high school.
"We have a major diversity problem in the tech industry", Trump said at an event inside a Gilbert-owned building at Campus Martius.
Lockheed Martin, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, General Motors and Quicken Loans were among the corporations donating millions of dollars to the effort. Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities.
A survey of 18,000 employers around the world in 43 countries conducted earlier this year shows that one in five employers expects technological disruption to increase jobs. "Amazon is a long-time supporter of CS and STEM education, and this pledge is a continuation of those efforts".
"Whether a student wishes to become a lawyer, a nurse, a scientist, or a coder, a background in computer science will provide a critical foundation for the future", said Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi.