ADVISORY: MCPS to Announce New Partnerships with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation,

March 21, 2014
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will hold a media event TODAY, March 24, 2014, at Wheaton High School to announce partnerships that will encourage and prepare students to enter technology careers.

At the event, MCPS will announce a new partnership with, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding student participation in computer science and a new collaboration with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation through their LOFT (Leaders on Fast Track) program to introduce minority youth to computer coding as a bridge to career paths in technology fields to fill the skills gap in America.  

Immediately following the press conference, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and staff will lead dozens of Wheaton High School students in a two-hour coding “jam session.” Students will learn the fundamentals of coding through interactive activities during this bilingual session.

The partnership will begin with 10 MCPS high schools in the 2014-2015 school year and will provide increased access to computer science courses, curriculum and resources.

WHAT: Press conference to announce partnership with and a coding “jam session” hosted by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Approximately 40 students will participate in coding following the announcement.

WHEN: TODAY, March 24, 2014, from 1 p.m.—3 p.m.

WHERE: Wheaton High School, 12601 Dalewood Drive in Silver Spring

WHO: Among those expected to speak at the event are:

-Mr. Philip Kauffman, president, Montgomery County Board of Education
-Dr. Joshua P. Starr, Superintendent of Schools
-Ms. Nancy Navarro, Montgomery County Councilmember
-Mr. Antonio Tijerino, president, Hispanic Heritage Foundation
-Mr. Jake Baskin, program manager,
-Mr. Bennie Green, principal, Wheaton High School

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation

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