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Oracle Has A $200 Million Plan To Train Kids To Code

April 14, 2016, 10:51 PM UTC
Oracle's Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison speaks during his keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco
Former Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison.
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Another big technology company wants to make sure U.S. children are trained to code.

Business technology giant Oracle said this week that it plans to donate $200 million over the next 18 months to the federal government’s Computer Science for All program.

In January, the White House detailed its national initiative would give states $4 billion in funding and an additional $100 million given directly to school districts to improve computer science education.

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Oracle’s education philanthropy arm, Oracle Academy, will oversee the donations and will train 125,000 students in computer science as part of its teaching program, the White House said. Oracle (ORCL) added that it also plans to double the amount of U.S. teachers it trains via its computer science education program as well as give students free access to some of its software.

“It’s an honor to be part of this collaborative mission, led by the White House,” Oracle Academy vice president Alison Derbenwick Miller said in a statement. “The potential power of Computer Science for All to change the lives of our children and the future of our nation is awe-inspiring.”

In addition to the funding, Oracle will give more than $3 million in nonprofits that help young girls get computer science and other technical degrees.

With the donation, Oracle joins several other technology companies are participating in the White House’s computer science program. Both Google (GOOG) and Salesforce (CRM) (as well as the Cartoon Network) said they would donate in aggregate over $60 million to the program when it was first announced.

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Microsoft (MSFT) also joined the program in January and said it would expand its own computer science education initiative to train 25,000 teachers. In September, Microsoft said it would donate $75 million to nonprofits that are focused on improving computer science education.

Story updated on Friday 3:00 PM PST to clarify donation amount by Google, Salesforce, and the Cartoon Network.