LTHS Awarded for Gender Diversity in Computing
LACEY, NJ — Lacey Township High School has won the College Board AP’s Women’s Computing Diversity Award, the school announced in a news release.
The LTHS was awarded for “achieving high female representation in AP computing principles,” the school said. Schools with this award have expanded girls’ access to AP computer classes. The LTHS was one of 760 winners of the AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) category.
“We are thrilled to congratulate our female AP Computer Science students and their teachers on this step towards gender parity in computer science education,” said Dr. Vanessa Pereira Clark, Superintendent of Schools, in the statement. “We are honored that our school has achieved this distinction and we look forward to seeing these young women and others pursue and succeed in teaching and careers in computer science.”
“By encouraging young women to pursue advanced computer science courses, Lacey Township High School is closing the gap in computer science education and empowering young women to access available opportunities in career fields. STEM,” said Stefanie Sanford, Board Head of Global Policy and External Relations. “Computer science underpins many career options in the 21st century, and young women deserve equal opportunities to pursue computer studies and drive technological innovation.”
A code.org analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data from 2017 reveals that women make up just 24% of the five million people in IT occupations. College Board research on the AP CSP found that “female students taking the AP CSP in high school are more than five times more likely to major in computer science in college, compared to training and prep students.” similar academics who have not taken the CSP,” the statement said.