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Microsoft partnership keeps UCS “in the forefront of computer science education”
Microsoft partnership keeps UCS “in the forefront of computer science education”
Posted on 08/27/2019
Students working on computersA partnership with Microsoft is bringing tech industry professionals into Utica Community Schools classrooms to support a “a tremendous foundation” in computer science for students. 

Nearly 20 computer science professionals are volunteering through a TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) partnership being introduced this year. 

UCS is one of the first Michigan districts with the partnership to support the rigorous, college level AP classes. 

“Strong partnerships bring strong results for our students and staff,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “Through this collaboration, our teachers and industry leaders are building student skills for the high paying jobs available in the automotive, health care and defense industries in our backyard.”

The volunteers will work with teachers in the first hour of Advanced Placement Computer Science programs, now expanded to all four comprehensive UCS high schools: Eisenhower, Henry Ford II, Stevenson and Utica high schools.

“Utica Community Schools is at the forefront of computer science education in the State of Michigan,” said Andrew Spiece, Regional Manager of the Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS Program.

 “Students taking advantage of this program will be well-positioned to be successful in whatever computing career they would like to pursue. Whether they want to go off to college to study computer science or move directly into an entrepreneurship option right out of high school, they will have a tremendous foundation in computer science.”

Teachers and volunteers participated in training throughout the summer both online and at the Microsoft Technology Center in Detroit. Volunteers and teachers had the opportunity to learn about team teaching computer science. 

Volunteers are still needed for UCS programs. 
“Volunteers get to help build a top-notch computer science program, give back to their local schools and learn about the computer science offerings in schools across the country,” Spiece said.  

All courses are scheduled for the first hour and will not go past 9:30 a.m. To volunteer, please see this link: https://www.tealsk12.org/volunteers/