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Access to computer science education means access to the future. No one knows this better than Maurya Couvares, the cofounder and CEO of Code Nation. CodeNation is a non-profit that is focused on providing access to computer education to under-resourced high school. Couvares began her career as a middle school educator in Philadelphia and then spent six years working to establish partnerships in pro bono law with high schools. When she needed to learn how to code for work, she was inspired to start Code Nation.
Launched in 2012, Code Nation now provides tuition-free computer science courses to high school students. In 2018, the company trained more than 1200+ students, preparing them for a career in tech. The courses are taught by volunteer software developers from some of the most prominent technology companies including Google, Etsy, and Salesforce. The company also facilitates paid internships at these companies for the students. Since its launch, Couvares has been able to ink partnerships with over two hundred companies.
CodeNation has scaled to expand its offering outside of New York and now operates in the Bay Area, supported by a team of thirty-five with plans to expand to Chicago in 2019. Couvares has built Code Nation to be extremely data-driven, unlike most non-profits, and the data is showing the power of the platform. 74% of reported alumni who completed two or more years of Code Nation programs are currently majoring or employed in a STEM field. 63% are studying or working in Computer Science.
As we move into a world where access to computer science will become a prerequisite rather than a nice-to-have, Maurya Couvares is ensuring that students in under-resourced communities are not left behind.