Recognizing the value of introducing programming at a young age, the company is pioneering coding education in the Varberg community
Varberg, Sweden, March 20, 2015 — In a unique collaboration between Procera Networks and the city of Varberg, sixth grade students at Håstensskolan will be among the first in Sweden with Computer Programming officially on their curriculum taught by professionals in the field. Experts from Procera are engaged in a pilot program teaching the elementary students as part of an effort to raise interest in programming, and ultimately to help foster a more gender-equal industry.
According to the European Commission, there will be a shortage of over one million programmers in Europe by 2020. But to meet the explosive growth in demand for those with this level of technical expertise will be a global challenge, and one biased toward males. Procera believes that coding represents a life-changing career skill for both sexes, and proudly participates in events worldwide that provide opportunities and showcase the value of learning these skills to both young men and women.
In Varberg, the students at Håstensskolan have the opportunity to experiment with programming at seven different occasions during the spring semester. Fredrik Appelros, a software developer at Procera, teaches the students
“The kids have made great progress, but of course, they will not be professional programmers when the class is finished. We are introducing them to the subject and planting a seed that will hopefully turn into a great interest in programming,” said Appelros. “I am especially pleased with the number of females who have shown interest in the course. Diversity in the workforce is important and exposing more young women to programming may be one of the great income equalizers of the 21st century.”
Fredrik von Essen, an ICT policy expert in the Swedish IT and Telecom industries noted “it’s encouraging to see the reputation for programming and coding improve but schools still lack the knowledge and resources for teaching it properly. The subject becomes abstract without the competence of an expert, so collaboration with experts outside of schools and in the business community is an important part of making sure the students are engaged with the material.”
Procera, the school and the city are thrilled with the cooperation and results thus far.
“Our hope is that this will be a permanent fixture on students’ schedules, and not just seven hours of elective courses,” said Viktoria Struxsjö who works to integrate Varberg’s business sector with local schools. “This project gives our school access to a level of real-world expertise we cannot match. I hope other learning institutions will be inspired by this initiative.”
“Procera’s engineers are masters of the latest technological developments in the field,” said Sandra Dahlgren, human resources manager at Procera Networks. “We are taking the lead in developing the next generation of coders by connecting our senior experts with the kids directly. Who knows? Ten years from now, these students might be our newest lead engineers.”
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