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Amazon Future Engineer program coming to 2 additional St. Landry Parish schools

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Posted at 10:53 AM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 11:54:16-05

OPELOUSAS, La. -- Students from Port Barre Middle School and North Central High School will be participating in the Amazon Future Engineer (AFE) Program. This program is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program to inspire, educate, and train children and young adults from underserved schools and communities to pursue careers in computer science. Amazon Future Engineer offers qualified middle schools access to exploratory computer science classes through Project STEM.

On Thursday, it was announced that Arnaudville Middle School had been selected to participate in the AFE program. Click here to read the story.

Schools selected for this program will receive these courses, dedicated implementation and ongoing support at no cost, according to a spokesperson for the St. Landry Parish School Board.

AP Computer Science teacher at North Central High School and Port Barre Middle School, Jessica Quebedeaux, submitted the application in early January, she received word of acceptance on January 28th. The application process was very straightforward. The acceptance includes a CSTA-Plus membership, curriculum, AWS Educate resources, and promotional materials to help spread the word to potentially interested students.

Quebedeaux will begin adding the curriculum to her classes beginning next year, according to the spokesperson. This is an opportunity for students to learn coding and app creation from different perspectives. Currently, they are learning in Python, and will now have the opportunity to cross-train in block or scratch style programming.

"I have a deep passion for Computer Science and Technology Innovation that I’m honored to be able to share this with my students," said Quebedeaux. "I strongly recognize the importance of providing them with every opportunity to enhance their knowledge!"

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