Tata Consultancy Services Provides Local Educators Professional Development in Partnership with Discovery Education, Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative and University of Cincinnati
Posted on Apr 3, 2019 by Brad McCabe

Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative and the University of Cincinnati, today presented the Ignite My Future in School (IMFIS) TECHademy Day of Discovery to Cincinnati-area teachers at the University of Cincinnati.This professional development initiative connects local educators with curriculum experts to explore and understand Ignite My Future in School while receiving hands-on training.

Ignite My Future in School offers educators curriculum support through free instructional resources with computational thinking strategies embedded into subjects such as math, science, language arts, and social studies, available on a digital platform. This interdisciplinary approach enables students to obtain critical thinking and technology skills that will be required for 21st century careers in every field. The program also offers year-round assistance through its Learning Leaders, a responsive and engaged nationwide network of teachers.

Computer science drives job growth and innovation throughout the global economy. Computing occupations are the top source of all new wages in the U.S. and make up over half of all projected new jobs in STEM fields, making Computer Science one of the most in-demand college degrees. In Ohio, only 141 schools (19 percent of OH schools with AP programs) offered an AP Computer Science course during the 2017-2018 school year.

"Every student deserves an opportunity to succeed in life and Ignite My Future in School provides access to foundational skills that power careers of today and tomorrow. We are glad to partner with Cincinnati educators and administrators to empower their students with 21st century skills," said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, TCS. "These young computational thinkers will go on to be creators and innovators in every sector and industry."

Since 2009, TCS has been deeply embedded in Ohio, having hired 1,100 digitally skilled experienced professionals across the state and adding more than 350 recent U.S. graduates to our Global Delivery Center in Milford, Ohio in the last three years. Furthermore, TCS was the title sponsor for the 'Big College Event' in Cincinnati in 2018, frequently hosts 'Tech Talks' and 'Hackathons' at the University of Cincinnati, and has inspired hundreds of students in the greater Cincinnatiregion towards technology careers across sectors through its goIT program.

On a national level, Ignite My Future in School aims to engage 20,000 teachers and one million U.S. students by 2021. As a first step towards this goal, TCS and Discovery Education have already partnered with U.S. school districts in Washington, D.C.GeorgiaNew YorkNorth CarolinaPennsylvaniaTexasMichiganWisconsinMissouri, and California to launch this initiative. Since debuting in 2017, IMFIS has provided training materials valued at more than $2 million and engaged over 300,000 students and 5,100 educators from all 50 states.
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