Oracle Academy and Computer Science Teachers Association Team Up to Help Inspire Student Interest in Computer Science

Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:00am EST

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  REDWOOD SHORES, CA, Feb 13 (Marketwire) -- 
Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL)

    News Facts


--  The Oracle Academy and the Computer Science Teachers Association
    (CSTA) are working together to train teachers in the U.S. and Canada
    to teach the Oracle Academy's Introduction to Computer Science
    curriculum to help inspire student interest in computer science.
--  The Oracle Academy's Introduction to Computer Science curriculum
    includes Database Design and Programming courses and a Java-specific
    curriculum consisting of four courses (Getting Started with Java Using
    Alice, Creating Java Programs with Greenfoot, Java Fundamentals, and
    Java Programming) that are aligned to Oracle certification and the US
    Advanced Placement Computer Science A exam. The Getting Started with
    Java Using Alice curriculum engages students with little or no
    programming experience to learn basic Java programming concepts using
    Carnegie Mellon University's Alice software environment.
--  The Oracle Academy and CSTA will host 32 teacher training events and
    workshops and expect to train up to 600 teachers.
--  The effort will involve 18 CSTA chapters from Canada and the U.S. and
    the events will run from February through August 2013.
--  More details about the training schedule are available here.

    

The Oracle Academy and CSTA Collaboration


--  The Oracle Academy and CSTA are both committed to promoting computer
    science and technology education to help support computer science
    teachers and inspire students to explore in-demand computer science
    careers. This collaboration will help further these goals, prepare
    students for computing careers and help provide a competitive edge as
    they enter the workforce.
--  CSTA is a membership organization that supports and promotes the
    teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. CSTA
    provides opportunities for K-12 teachers and students to better
    understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare
    themselves to teach and learn.
--  The Oracle Academy provides a complete portfolio of software,
    curriculum, hosted technology, faculty training, support, and
    certification resources to secondary and higher education institutions
    for teaching use. The Oracle Academy supports over 1.9 million
    students in 97 countries.

    

Supporting Quotes


--  "Oracle works to advance education with state-of-the-art technology
    programs that awaken and deepen students' interest in computer science
    and engineering," said Alison Derbenwick Miller, Vice President,
    Oracle Academy. "We are pleased to work with CSTA to help promote and
    strengthen computer science education and train teachers across the
    U.S. and Canada on the Oracle Academy curriculum. These efforts will
    ultimately help expand the reach and depth of computer science
    education at the K-12 level, and encourage students to explore the
    power of computer programming and the opportunities made available via
    computer science education."
--  "Computer science is a constantly changing field and teachers need
    access to quality professional development to help ensure exemplary
    teaching. This partnership between CSTA, the CSTA Chapters, and the
    Oracle Academy will help enable hundreds of teachers to learn new
    skills and build strong learning communities," said Chris Stephenson,
    CSTA executive director.
--  "Our chapter members are very excited about this opportunity," said
    CSTA Boston-Area chapter leader Kelly Powers. "This joint project
    between Oracle and CSTA is uniquely attractive. Our chapter members
    are constantly looking for opportunities to keep their knowledge up to
    date and having this content taught by Oracle experts and also having
    the opportunity to pursue certification is what immensely excited us.
    This is an opportunity for us to grow both professionally and as a
    community of teachers."

    

Supporting Resources


--  Oracle Academy
--  Computer Science Teachers Association
--  Alice
--  Greenfoot

    

About Computer Science Teachers Association
 The Computer Science
Teachers Association is a membership organization that supports and
promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing
disciplines. CSTA provides opportunities for K-12 teachers and students
to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully
prepare themselves to teach and learn. To learn more, visit
http://csta.acm.org/. 

    About Oracle
 Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in
the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle
(NASDAQ: ORCL), visit www.oracle.com. 

    About the Oracle Academy
 The Oracle Academy provides a complete
portfolio of software, curriculum, hosted technology, faculty training,
support, and certification resources to secondary and higher education
institutions for teaching use. Faculty can insert these resources into
computer science and business programs, ensuring that students gain
industry-relevant skills prior to entering the workforce. The Oracle
Academy supports over 1.9 million students in 97 countries. To learn
more, visit http://oracle.com/academy.

    Trademarks 
 Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or
its affiliates. All other product and service names mentioned are the
trademarks of their respective companies.

    

Contacts
Jessica Moore 
Oracle Corporate Communications 
+1.650.506.8741 
jessica.moore@oracle.com 

Lissa Clayborn 
Computer Science Teachers Association
+1.541.913.9970
l.clayborn@hq.acm.org 

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