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Part of White House’s education initiative to improve computer science training.
Another big technology company wants to make sure U.S. children are trained to code.
Business technology giant Oracle said this week that it plans to donate $200 million over the next 18 months to the federal government’s Computer Science for All program.
In January, the White House detailed its national initiative would give states $4 billion in funding and an additional $100 million given directly to school districts to improve computer science education.
Oracle’s education philanthropy arm, Oracle Academy, will oversee the donations and will train 125,000 students in computer science as part of its teaching program, the White House said. Oracle ORCL-0.12% added that it also plans to double the amount of U.S. teachers it trains via its computer science education program as well as give students free access to some of its software.
“It’s an honor to be part of this collaborative mission, led by the White House,” Oracle Academy vice president Alison Derbenwick Miller said in a statement. “The potential power of Computer Science for All to change the lives of our children and the future of our nation is awe-inspiring.”
In addition to the funding, Oracle will give more than $3 million in nonprofits that help young girls get computer science and other technical degrees.
With the donation, Oracle joins several other technology companies are participating in the White House’s computer science program. Both Google GOOG0.34% and Salesforce CRM-0.11% said they would donate over $60 million to the program when it was first announced.