Fareportal recently announced its new partnership with ScriptEd, a non-profit working to equip students in under-resources schools with the fundamental coding skills and professional experiences necessary to pursue careers in technology.

According to a study conducted in 2014 by the Nation’s Report Card, only 25% students that qualified for the National School Lunch Program were considered “At or Above Proficient” in Technology and Engineering compared to 59% of students who didn’t qualify for the National School Lunch Program[1].

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To help combat this imbalance, Fareportal has dedicated a scholarship fund to send 10 of ScriptEd’s high school students to a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) intensive summer camp hosted by iD Tech Camps. The students will take courses that range from coding and app development to video game design and robotics engineering. Fareportal has also committed to employing one ScriptEd student intern this summer to work in their fast-growing Data Science department.
Fareportal employees, including Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO, and Werner G. Kunz-Cho, Co-CEO, gather with ScriptEd students for a round table discussion on careers in technology.

Technology is a high-demand industry and is expected to continue growing rapidly.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer occupations is expected to increase 12.5% from 2014-2024 which is nearly double the average projected growth rate for all occupations nationwide[2]. However, despite this anticipated growth, many students, especially those in under-resourced schools, have limited access to technology and engineering activities in and out of school.

1] https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/tel_2014/#results/overall

[2] https://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2017/science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics-stem-occupations-past-present-and-future/pdf/science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics-stem-occupations-past-present-and-future.pdf