Jeff Galvin CEO of American Gene Technologies (AGT) speaks to middle school students at Montgomery Can Code Career Day at the Montgomery College.
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ROCKVILLE, MD, May 7, 2019 – Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) are working together to bring coding camp opportunities to County middle school students, through a summer program called Montgomery Can Code. This partnership will help students get familiar with the skills they need to pursue careers in the app economy by working in Swift, Apple’s easy-to-learn programming language that empowers anyone to create world-class apps.
The summer camps will take place on Montgomery College’s Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses. The sessions will be taught through the college’s Information Technology Institute (ITI), through instructors trained in Swift. The free, week-long camp sessions will take place from June 24 – August 2, with morning and afternoon sessions available. Students will learn to code using the interactive Swift Playgrounds for iPad, an app developed by Apple that takes advantage of the Multi-Touch features of iPad allowing students to use real code to learn key programming concepts by solving puzzles. Swift Playground requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out.
“IT and Coding are central to the skillsets needed to access the knowledge of economic opportunity,” said Dr. Sanjay Rai, Senior VP of Academic Affairs at Montgomery College. “I’m excited about Swift, a coding language that will engage our young people in a way that wasn’t possible before.” David Petr, MCEDC CEO & President, added, “Coding is essential to a future in technology. We are happy to partner in this unique program which helps develop critical problem-solving skills and early interest in great tech careers.”
Career Pathway Days will be part of the program, providing participating students with opportunities to interact with leading local IT companies to talk about future careers. Contributing partners include WorkSource Montgomery, Montgomery Moving Forward and local business leaders. The summer experience will culminate with a Student Apps Showcase event which will highlight some of the students’ Swift Playgrounds App Design Journals. Students, parents, caregivers, teachers and local partners will be invited to attend the closing event.