Did you know that African-American and Latino communities are still suffering disproportionately from higher unemployment rates? The good news is that there are certain education and career paths that have:
Great Career Benefits!
- High Salaries ($80,180 Annual Mean Salary Nationwide http://oedb.org/careers/computer-science/)
- Low Unemployment
The group of careers that offer these benefits are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)! And in the STEM arena, there are certain careers that have VIRTUALLY NO UNEMPLOYMENT, especially in the Computer Science and Technology fields, particularly in Computer Security. Do a quick search of "computer security" on www.indeed.com or Monster.com and you will find there are too many jobs to count.
Regrettably the vast majority of our K-12 schools are NOT teaching our kids the computer science skills to make them viable in these high paying, low unemployment jobs! "U.S. students already significantly lag their global counterparts where math and science skills are concerned. But computer science is in even worse shape. Of 12 technical subjects examined in a recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics, computer science was the only one that declined in student popularity from 1990 to 2009." 
Well if you have read this far, you are probably wondering how do I get my kid in on this racket? OK, great let me lay out an easy path for RIGHT NOW and this summer. Introduce them to the wonderful fun world of computer programming. How? You can't program? No problem, I taught myself 3 programming languages between 11 and 14. Parents just gave me a computer and encouragement. You probably have already given them a computer and Smartphone so they have half the equation. Encourage them (along with their friends) to download these great FREE programming and web development languages and offer some incentives for them creating programs they show you.
FREE Web Development / Programming Languages
Descriptions and FREE Download
FREE Tutorial Links!
Website & Download: scratch.mit.edu
Google App Inventor
lets you develop applications for Android phones using a web
browser and either a connected phone or emulator. The App Inventor
servers store your work and help you keep track of your projects.
App Inventor for Android is an open-source web application originally provided by Google, and now maintained by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It allows newcomers to computer programming to create software applications for the Android operating system (OS).
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Explaining Java: Originally developed by Sun Microsystems and now maintained by Oracle, Java has become an increasingly crucial cog in the worldwide Internet. Each year, over 930 million downloads of Java Runtime Environment take place, according to java.com. An up-to-date installation of JRE 1.6 (Java 64 bit) offers performance, versatility and security that make it an absolute necessity for users of Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.All it takes is the free and simple download and subsequent install from this page. From that point forward, you will have the most up-to-date and stable version of Java software—Java 7. And best of all, as it works its magic in the background, you will never have to actively tinker with the Java program again.
Website & Download: Java Home Page
Great Summer Computer Programs!
Many programs offer scholarships, however they may be on a first come, first served basis so you should pursue NOW!
- 2014 Summer Camps and Programs at Penn http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v60/n20/summercamps.html
You do not have to be an entertainer or professional athlete in America to do well and have a comfortable life, but you must Be Prepared! Help your student to develop IT skills and they will enjoy added confidence now, increased analytical prowess, and most certainly a great career in the future.
by Joel Wilson, President & CEO, JCW Computer Consulting, LLC
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