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Hour of Code: A Global Movement Comes to 9-R

Think Network Technologies, the Durango School District 9-R and the Durango Education Foundation is teaming up to bring the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week to local schools in Durango. Park Elementary & Sunnyside Elementary students will all be awarded with a certificate once they complete their Hour of Code. Seven students from Miller Middle School, Escalante Middle School and Durango Shared School will have an opportunity to be awarded with a scholarship that’s funded through Think Network Technologies to continue their education in Computer Science.
“Every child should be given the opportunity to learn about computer science whether they pursue it as a career or not, because it gives you invaluable knowledge in any job industry,” says Melissa Glick, CEO of Think Network Technologies. “Only 26% of software professionals are women. We would like to see that percentage increase and the Hour of Code is already helping with that.”
Students and teachers can choose from a variety of activities for kindergarten and up. Activities work on any modern browser, tablet, smartphone, or even with no computer at all.
  • More girls have tried computer science through Hour of Code than in the last 70 years.
  • 67% of computing jobs are outside the tech sector.
  • There are more than 500,000 computing jobs open nationwide. Computer science graduates enjoy the second-highest starting salary and the highest full-time employment rate (76%) within six months of graduation.
  • Last year only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce.
About Think Network Technologies: Think Network Technologies is a provider of on-premises and cloud solutions for both the private and public sector. Think excels at delivering technology solutions that optimize productivity, strengthen customer relationships, enhance data sharing and drive profitability. Since 2002, the family-owned business has become the outsourced IT department and trusted advisor for hundreds of businesses. With offices in Durango(CO), Denver(CO), Farmington(NM) and Scottsdale(AZ), Think is strategically aligned to better serve the greater Four Corners region.
About Durango Education Foundation(DEF): DEF is a community organization of dedicated volunteers and paid staff, who together develop resources to cultivate positive, life-changing academic learning opportunities for Pre-K through Grade 12 students in Durango School District 9-R.
About Durango School District 9-R: The mission of Durango School District 9-R, an innovative educational system committed to excellence, is to ensure each student develops the skills and attributes for lifelong learning. Through leading instructional models, globally minded learning programs and engaging teaching and learning methods, the district aims to instill in each student the ability to compete and contribute in the global community. Furthermore, the district encourages supportive and safe school environments, guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities for each and every student. For more information, visit us online at http://www.durangoschools.com like us on Facebook at facebook.com/Durango9R and follow us on Twitter @Durango9R.
About Code.org®: Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities.
Please contact Jonell Jones if you would like to schedule an interview or if you would like more information. Call (970)779-8432 or email [email protected]