USA Today | SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft will invest $75 million over the next three years in initiatives to increase access to computer science education for youth.
Satya Nadella made the announcement during his keynote speech at Dreamforce, Salesforce's annual gathering in San Francisco for its customers and partners.
This marks a major expansion of Microsoft's YouthSpark program, the company's effort to get young people hooked on computer science and build a larger, more diverse talent pool for the technology industry.
The shortage of computer science graduates is one of the most pressing issues facing the industry, as is the underrepresentation of women and minorities.
With the new investment, nonprofit organizations around the world will receive donations and resources from Microsoft. And Microsoft will expand its outreach into high schools through TEALS, which stands for
Technology Education and Literacy in Schools. The program pairs engineers from Microsoft and other high-tech companies with teachers to team-teach computer science in high schools.