Facebook has launched a new website called TechPrep that will work as an online computer programming resource to help under-represented minorities adopt computer science as a career option.
The initiative will encourage the under privileged to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics and make a career out of it and is directed towards parents too.
“Improving diversity in the tech industry is an important challenge, and something we’re deeply committed to at Facebook”, wrote CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook page.
The social networking giant launched TechPrep in association with McKinsey & Company. TechPrep will guide people in learning computer programming according to their age, skills, background and experience. The website is in English and Spanish.
“Everyone should be able to take advantage of the opportunities created by the internet”, Zuckerberg added.
TechPrep will also detail the skills required to become a computer programmer; the types of jobs available and even the expected salary for programmers. It will act as a repository of resources, including games and books.
The program recognises that parents play an important role in shaping their child’s career, and will offer in-person opportunities and community events to help and guide parents who, in turn, can encourage and support their children to take up computer programming as a career.
Profiles of people pursuing a career in computer technology will also influence parents and guardians to motivate their children to build a similar career. Zuckerberg hopes that through this initiative, Facebook will be able to make significant contribution in diversifying the technology industry.
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