Have you ever wondered, “Why is learning computer science so important? What’s the big deal?” A recent study commissioned by Oracle Academy from Burning Glass Technologies provided some valuable insights.
Burning Glass Technologies, a job market analytics research company, found that across industries, computer science skills translate to added value and earning power. This new report, perfect for parents, guidance and career counselors, and students, analyzes the job market demand for coding skills and highlights the breadth and magnitude of employer demand for these skills and the range of opportunities that learning to code can open for students.
Beyond Point and Click: The Expanding Demand for Coding Skills
The data contained in this report are drawn from 26 million U.S. online job postings collected in 2015 and have been analyzed to determine the specific jobs and skills that employers are seeking.
Key Findings include:
In May 2016, more than 1,700 students representing 75 countries, regions, and territories gathered in Phoenix, Arizona to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Intel ISEF brings together top high school students—regional, state, and national science fair winners from around the world—to showcase their talents, have their projects reviewed and judged by doctoral level scientists, and give them the opportunity to win approximately $4 million in awards.
Oracle Academy was delighted to be a part of Intel ISEF 2016 as a Special Awards sponsor, offering Special Award finalists an aggregate value of $45,000 to recognize their outstanding work in computer science using Oracle-related technologies in the Systems Software category.
“It is great to see Oracle’s products used by the new generation in creating so many innovations,” said Ravi Sharma, consulting member of Oracle’s technical staff, while volunteering as a judge. “The kids at ISEF are the future technology leaders and it is a fantastic effort by Oracle Academy to support this event with several, very valuable, awards.”
Congratulations to the 2016 Award Winners!
Seven of the winning projects were completed by individual students, who each received an Oracle Academy Special Award of $5000. Two of the winning projects were created by project teams of two students. The members of each team shared the Oracle Academy Special Award and received $2500 each.
Thank You, Volunteers!
Thank you to the Oracle Volunteers who served as project judges for the Oracle Academy Special Awards, dedicating their time and talent to interview and judge the projects of more than 40 finalists and helping to congratulate and applaud the winners at the Award Ceremony. We join you in being inspired by the talent of all the future scientists, innovators, and leaders who participated in the International Science and Engineering Festival!
Volunteer judge and Oracle Senior Sales Consultant Keith Marshall summed it up: “ISEF is a great display of the possibilities for the future of humanity. It was great to see the diversity in projects, technology use, people, and origins. I am proud to work for Oracle and am even more so now knowing the level of commitment and investment Oracle Academy makes in our young people and our collective global community.”
On April 26, 2016, Oracle Academy sponsored the ADFABER Java Competition for Universities, a national coding competition in Romania. More than 130 students and teachers were asked to identify a problem in our health, environmental, or educational system and develop an innovation solution by creating their own Java application using Oracle Database.
“Oracle Academy is delighted to support the ADFABER Java programming competition in Romania,” said Jane Richardson, senior director, Oracle Academy EMEA. “The large number of participants and the depth and variety of the projects submitted show strongly the role computer science plays across industries, and how computing can be used for social good. Events like this help students understand the importance of developing computer science skills so they can pursue fulfilling careers in the technology sector and beyond.”
Congratulations to the Winning Teams
When the judging began, the competition had 69 registered teams of students from around the country—ASE, Politehnica University, Bucharest; UTCN University, Cluj; Gh. Asachi University, Iasi; Transylvania University, Brasov. Twenty-two valid projects were submitted, and the top three projects were awarded with special prizes.
“This competition was a real challenge for our team,” shared team PoliCAT. “First, we had to identify a problem in our actual society that could be resolved using technology. So, we began to develop our adaptive testing application hoping that it will help students to focus on their professional and educational objectives and to calculate and offer a fair status on their knowledge. It was a great experience from which we've learned how important is to use every single technology resource in helping our society. We did this with our mentor’s support and that’s why we thank her for coordination and encouragement.”
Maria Iuliana Dascalu, lecturer and vice dean, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Faculty of Engineering in Foreign Languages, Politehnica University, Bucharest, shared the proud moment with her students. She said, “Java Competition for Universities was an opportunity for my students to apply, in a useful way, all the information learned at courses. Students had the chance to develop an application that can actually help society, to upgrade their technology knowledge and also experience all stages of development working in pairs.” She added, “More than that, the finalists had the chance to meet software companies’ representatives who shared gladly their advice and also invitations to apply at the open job positions from their company. I think that this was a mutually beneficial experience because students have achieved the requirements of actual employers and companies have realized the potential of the young generation. As a mentor and teacher, I want to congratulate my students for their enthusiasm and seriousness and thank the organizers, ADFABER and Oracle Academy, for their great initiative and smooth running of the competition.”
Oracle is committed to helping ensure access to computer science education for students at all levels in Indonesia through new collaborations with the Directorate of Technical and Vocational Education under the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, and the Association of Informatics and Computer Science Higher Education (APTIKOM) Indonesia, an association of IT higher education institutions, to provide training to teachers and lecturers in computer science.
Through its collaboration with the Directorate of Technical and Vocational Education, Oracle Academy will provide training for up to 3,000 teachers from more than 900 secondary vocational schools (Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan - SMK) over a three-year period, reaching 259,200 Indonesian students annually. Under the agreement with APTIKOM, Oracle will train 1,600 faculty members from local colleges and universities across Indonesia with an expected annual reach of 60,000 students.
The training delivered by Oracle Academy will include Java Fundamentals, Java Foundations, Java Programming, Database Foundations, Database Design and Programming with SQL, and Programming with PL/SQL. Oracle Academy curricula enable teachers to teach computer science concepts to students using industry-leading software in a hands-on environment, helping to make students college- and career-ready.
“Oracle Academy is dedicated to extending the reach of computer science education to teachers and students across the world, including in Indonesia,” said Damian Haas, Director, Oracle Academy Asia Pacific and Japan. “With Oracle Academy, Indonesian educators have access to top-notch computer science education resources, including full academic curriculum, to enhance their knowledge and enable them to provide their students with industry-relevant skills and expertise.”
“The core objective of our collaboration with Oracle Academy is to prepare Indonesian teachers and students with the high quality computing knowledge and skills in demand from the ASEAN Economic Community in 2016,” said Dr. M. Mustaghfirin Amin, MBA, Director of Vocational & Technical Education of Directorate of Technical and Vocational Education (DTVE), the Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia. “We applaud Oracle Academy for actively innovating programs that can educate, advance, and springboard tomorrow’s visionaries toward success.”
“Colleges and universities need to have educators trained in modern, industry-relevant skills and technologies. Oracle Academy courses teach knowledge and skills that offer students additional value when they enter the job market, and when our students make the extra effort to achieve Oracle industry certifications, it improves Indonesia and our IT programs,” said Professor Zainal Hasibuan, Ph.D., President of APTIKOM. “It is such a privilege to work with Oracle Academy to help ensure that Indonesia’s educators are prepared to help graduate the next generation of computer scientists with high-demand skills, including skills in Oracle technologies that are used pervasively in all industries.”
Oracle Academy, WiFi Academy, and Lagos State Ministry of Science & Technology joined forces for Oracle Code Week Nigeria 2016, an event aimed at teaching young students how to program using two Oracle Academy workshops, Getting Started with Java Using Alice and Creating Java Programs with Greenfoot.
In preparation for the event, Oracle Academy trained more than 80 teachers how to use and teach Alice and Greenfoot with the intention of having these teachers get practical experience by serving as instructors during Oracle Code Week. With the instructors ready to teach, 201 students, from both public and private schools, arrived ready to learn. The first four days were spent teaching students to use and giving them time to work on their Alice and Greenfoot projects so they would be ready to share their animated creations—focused on pollution, security, and global warming—on the final day. The more advanced students researched topics online and applied some of their findings to their individual projects.
The closing ceremony was attended by the Lagos State Honorable Commissioner for Science & Technology and Director of Training, Lagos State Ministry of Science & Technology, Jide Adenuga. Students who excelled during the Oracle Code Week were invited to participate at the upcoming Lagos STEM Competition 2016.
For the past seven years, Oracle Academy Russia has supported two programming contests during the IT Planet International Student Olympiad, where more than 15,000 students compete each year by creating projects that help them develop SQL and Java programming skills and knowledge. The participants also learn more about Oracle technology and improve their practical knowledge required to be ready to enter a career in IT.
In May, after passing two qualifying stages in the competition, 40 students were invited to the finals at Ural Federal University.
Congratulations to the winners!
Oracle Academy Romania and Deutsche Bank—an Oracle customer—developed a program for students from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Faculty of Economic Cybernetics and Statistics, to help enrich their IT knowledge and drive a better understanding of practical IT applications.
Oracle Academy, Oracle Volunteers, and volunteers from Deutsche Bank came together to offer Oracle Academy workshops and present students with a variety of real world case studies in which they could apply their Java knowledge and skills.
“It is important to appreciate the openness of the University to engage with the commercial environment in order to help their students, and in particular to appreciate the collaboration with Adela Bara and Iuliana Botha from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies–Economic Cybernetics and Statistics,” said Ion Moldoveanu, Head of Global Markets Domain, Deutsche Bank. “As the teaching partnership between Oracle and Deutsche Bank continues, we are committed to working with Oracle and extend the collaboration with other universities in Romania. We are proud to support the Romanian education system to increase the value of the graduates by having students understand and prepare for working in real life companies.”
In the second series of workshops offered as part of the same program, the value of Java skills across industries became clear to students as the Deutsche Bank volunteer team, led by Stelian Calagiu, software development manager, Deutsche Bank Technology Centre, delivered 6 weeks—36 classroom hours—of core Java development for 46 students at the University of Economic Studies.
“The ASE workshop was a great initiative, one that we must repeat. There are important benefits for both the students and Oracle,” said Alfred Faltiska, Oracle senior development manager, Fusion Apps – CRM Cloud. “When these students enter the job market, they and we will see important returns on our investment in education.”
Oracle Volunteers are an important part of the Oracle Academy community, offering local mentoring and coaching to students who want to engage with computer science. This innovative Oracle Volunteer group from Sunrise, Florida developed a Computer Science Competition Training Program for local high school students looking to compete in the Miami-Dade NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO).
Through this program, the team works with students in a hybrid model, both onsite at the students’ high school and virtually via Webex, over the course of an academic year to prepare them for the regional and national ACT-SO competitions, typically held during spring semester. Students who have participated in the training program have learned to:
“The opportunity to teach students about coding and engineering processes—to watch students learn, build confidence, and belief systems about their own potential, means success for all,” said Perside Foster, North America applications consulting, Oracle.
Two high school students who were mentored through the Oracle Computer Science Competition Training Program will be competing in the National ACT-SO competition on July 14, 2016, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Everyone at Oracle will be rooting for them – please join us in wishing them great success!
We are turning the spotlight on our members who are making an impact with Oracle Academy.
William McRae, computer lecturer at Forth Valley College, Scotland, UK, joined Oracle Academy in 2009 to further his database knowledge, back when only database design and programming with SQL and PL/SQL were available. He never imagined that seven years later Oracle Academy would have so many different courses available, and structured to be delivered across so many student learning levels. To find out about his experiences with computer science, the impact he is making with his students and how Oracle Academy is enabling his success, we put William in the spotlight.
Oracle Academy: William, why did you join the Oracle Academy and how has it benefited your institution?
William: I first joined Oracle Academy to further my database knowledge. In those days, only courses in database design and programming with SQL and PL/SQL were available. I never imagined that seven years later Oracle Academy would have so much to offer my students and me.
It is great that Oracle Academy has worked with the Scottish Qualifications Agency (SQA) to map the content of the Oracle Academy courses to the subjects in the SQA diplomas we deliver in my institution and that the courses are also levelled against the Scottish Credit Qualification Framework (SCQF). These mappings allow us to embed Oracle Academy’s resources at every level of delivery on our programming diploma courses:
This works well as they can see the progression throughout their time at the college and new Oracle Academy courses can be added as they progress through their college years.
Oracle Academy: Will you share your Oracle Academy experiences with us?
William: This year at Forth Valley College we awarded 76 completion certificates across five Oracle Academy courses. Two of our students completed all five Oracle Academy courses in a single year! To help celebrate these achievements, we arranged a visit to a local Oracle office where the students gained an insight into the computer industry from Oracle staff and had their certificates presented by an Oracle Academy representative.
This year we also ran the Big Data Bootcamp with our second year diploma students, which gave them the opportunity to experience Big Data using live information. This was an extremely successful three-day activity. An Oracle team member came along to watch the final presentations and speak to students about how important the skills that they are learning are in the job market.
Oracle Academy: How do Oracle Academy resources help you in achieving your teaching objectives?
William: Oracle Academy resources allow me to deliver my courses using world class materials that are accessible to the students from anywhere. As Oracle Academy is all online, the students have the ability to go over what was covered in class in their own time and at their own pace. This gives them the opportunity to fully grasp the concepts covered before moving on to the next chapter.
As the materials cover both Java programming and database design and programming with SQL and PL/SQL, it gives the students a consistent learning environment across many aspects of their course. Using APEX as the online database system for the students makes delivery much easier as you don’t have to set up any database environment. By attaching the Oracle name to their learning, it gives them a great incentive to achieve success with Oracle Academy courses as it gives them a global name to add to their qualifications. It’s amazing how gaining the certificates for Oracle Academy courses becomes addictive and how the incentive to take the Java Junior and Database Junior Certification exams really focuses their learning.
Oracle Academy: Do you have any advice for new or existing Oracle Academy members?
William: I would say that once you introduce Oracle Academy to your curriculum you will never look back. Having used it in my previous college, I brought Oracle Academy with me to Forth Valley College two years ago. Although the students were a bit daunted by it at first, they have since fully embraced the possibilities provided and are constantly asking what their next course will be.
And, if you haven’t taken any of Oracle Academy courses as an educator, it is a great Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity that really does have long term benefits both personally as well as in the classroom. There are also the new Foundations courses so if you are an existing member but haven’t had a look at these then I would urge to you to do so as the students have really enjoyed working through these.
Oracle Academy: Outside of computing, how do you spend your free time?
William: Work and family keeps me busy but I like to go to the cinema, read some books (mainly of the comic variety), and get out on my bike when the weather lets me. Like everyone else, I like to meet up with friends to socialize and catch up, and obviously coming from Scotland it’s good to get out and about and see all of the amazing scenery that we have!
Thank you William for your dedication and making an impact on your students!
It’s time to turn the spotlight onto our members who are making an impact with the Oracle Academy. If you are interested in being featured or nominating another member for the spotlight, please contact us.
Oracle Academy Greece was honored to receive two Education Business Awards—Innovation in Teaching and Employment—for consistent and positive impact in Greece’s educational system.
The judging committee recognized Oracle Academy for the professional development opportunities we offer teachers, enhancing CS education in Greece as well offering valuable skills and certifications to students, in an economy with a high percentage of youth unemployment.
As part of Oracle Academy’s 6th Panorama of Entrepreneurship and Career sponsorship, 60 students and graduates from CS and Computer Engineering university departments were invited to an Oracle Business Day at the Oracle Hellas campus.
The students spent the day learning from Antonis Monokrousos, country leader, Oracle Hellas, and his management team about Oracle—operations, different lines of business, need for agile employees who can keep pace with changing technology—and the technical and soft skills needed to have a modern career in IT. Oracle Academy shared information about Oracle’s investment in education and the benefits of our free Individual and Institutional memberships.
April 22 – 24, 2016, Oracle Academy sponsored the ninth annual SFHMMY student conference—organized by students for students of Computer Science and Computer Engineering. More than 600 students from all over Greece attended the event in Chania, Greece. Oracle Academy presented key information to students about developing the right skills necessary for the modern marketplace.
April 15-17, 2016, more than 400 computer science teachers attended the 10th Annual Panhellenic Association of IT Teachers conference in Nafplio, Greece. Oracle Academy was proud to sponsor the event and present information regarding the benefits of Oracle Academy membership for the schools and the teachers including professional development opportunities, Java and Database curriculum and discounts on the associated certifications.
Oracle Academy is honored to have been awarded for our contributions to development of education in Russia by the Deputy Minister of Education and Science during the Moscow International Educational Fair 2016. The event is annual open forum, organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation, as a platform for exchange of experience on challenging questions relevant to the Russian economy and international education.
April 30, 2016, the American Society of Civil Engineers in collaboration with Continuing Education Office at Qatar University, an Oracle Academy member, organized a Principles of Primavera P | 6 Professional Project Management Software training course for their graduating senior students at the College of Engineering. The university leveraged their Oracle Academy membership software benefit to support this training event.
In May 2016, Oracle Academy sponsored a programming competition run by Ministry of Education in Egypt where students who had learned to use Carnegie Mellon’s Alice 3 program using Oracle Academy curriculum demonstrated their basic programming skills.
Yasser Elkady, Egytian Minister of Communication and Information Technology, visited us at eLearning Africa 2016
May 23-26, 2016, Oracle Academy was a proud sponsor eLearning Africa 2016, a leading networking event for ICT enhanced development, education, and training in Africa.
Yasser Elkady, Egyptian Minister of Communication and Information Technology, and Heba Kamal, business manager, Oracle Academy, spoke at the event about Oracle’s commitment to education and achievements in Egypt.
May 18, 2016, educators were invited to the first Oracle Academy Day in Italy.
During the morning Farosoft, an Oracle partner, spoke of the importance and marketability of Oracle skills and expertise. Stephen Le Pera, Country Manager of Whatchado, shared a very innovative way to guide young people into work. The event highlighted the importance of developing computer science knowledge and skills as part of an educational pathway, and Oracle Academy’s important role in supporting computer science education in Italy. Professor Monica E. Mattei of the Technical Institute of Casamicciola Terme (Napoli) shared how in his institute has integrated various Oracle Academy courses into teaching programs, offering that work as an example of the variety of opportunities that Oracle Academy offers.
On June 2nd, 2016, seventy-seven students from Forth Valley College, Scotland, were invited to the Oracle Linlithgow campus to celebrate the completion of their Oracle Academy course or courses. As noted in our Member Spotlight, two of the students received five completion certificates each!
The students’ enthusiasm for learning Computer Science and Oracle Academy curriculum was amazing. They were very keen to hear about technology developments, such as Cloud computing, and what their future careers may look like.
On June 7- 8, 2016, Oracle Academy sponsored the second annual Education Innovation Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
The conference—Driving Impact in Private, Social and PPP Education Projects in Africa—attracted more than 150 participants from the Sub Saharan Africa countries’ education sector, relevant government sectors, private sector, education institutions, and investor and educational technology companies.
The focus of the event was to encourage alternative education models, including online learning platforms and skills-based programs, to achieve sustainable education in Africa.
Oracle Academy is pleased to play a key role in helping advance sustainable and scalable computer science education through a variety of public-private partnerships across Africa.
In May 2016, Oracle Academy Days for faculty members, teachers, principals, and department heads of Computer Science colleges and K-12 Vocational Schools were held at Universitas Maritim Raja Ali Haji in Tanjungpinang, Riau Island and at Politeknik Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia.
Oracle Academy Days create an opportunity to share information with attendees about Oracle Academy curriculum—with a focus on Java and Database—and how Oracle Academy courses align to their existing curriculum and current technology trends across industries. To bring one to your school, contact us.
In May 2016, more than 600 students and teachers attended the Oracle Academy Knowledge Builder events held at Indonesia for K-12 Vocational schools, SMKN 4 Bandung, SMKS Bakti Nusantara 666, SMKN 4 Padalarang and SMKS Sangkuriang 1.
The events provided students and teachers an opportunity to engage directly with technology experts and get them excited about studying computer science. The feedback was very positive with requests to have similar events throughout the year to help students broaden their horizons and help connect them with the industry sector. To bring an Oracle Academy Knowledge Builder event to your students, contact us.
The Department of Information Management, Chung-Hua University, Taiwan, ROC has been an Oracle Academy member since 2005 to help provide their students with competitive and employable skills. The university has adopted Oracle Academy curriculum into their schools, allowing their students to gain Oracle DBMS knowledge and techniques within their formal college curriculum. Students who complete the courses are prepared to sit Oracle certification examinations for professional certificates to successfully start their professional career.
Dr. Lee, Chi-Chung, chairman of the Department said, “As of 2016, more than 2,000 students attending the University have taken the Oracle Database management courses. Eight hundred sixteen of them have achieved Oracle DBMS certifications, including 93 Oracle DBA OCP, 261 Oracle DBA OCA, and 462 Oracle SQL OCE. We really appreciate Oracle Academy to help us reach this remarkable achievement.”
Dr. Yu, Kun-Ming, Dean of the College said, “In accordance with the career survey conducted in August, 2014, 70% of college graduates with Oracle DBMS certifications are currently engaging in IT related work. The average monthly salary is NT$40,000 dollars which is much higher than others. The employing companies are mainly located at Hsin-Chu Science Park, the pioneer high tech science park in Taiwan, including Taiwan Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (TSMC). We believe that students with Oracle DBMS certifications indeed have real advantage in their career development.”
May 12 - 16, 2016, Oracle Academy conducted its Database Design and Programming with SQL course training for educators from 16 different schools at Beijing Information Technology College, China. Participants undertook the Oracle Academy course and focused on how to implement the curriculum into their own classrooms.
April 21 – 24, 2016, the 2016 Hubei/Hunan/Guangxi/Guangdong High Vocational IT Professional Education Forum conference focused on computer science teaching and professional development for its educators. Oracle Academy was given the opportunity to introduce the resources and activities of Oracle Academy in China to the 100 educators who participated in this event.
From June 6 – 9, Oracle Academy and the Department of Education, Puerto Rico, offered a special Alice and Greenfoot training for 30 students and six teachers from Esc. Stephen S. Huse Barranquitas, PR and Esc. Jose Horacio Cora in Arroyo, PR, to prepare them for their Virtual Educa presentation. Virtual Educa, June 20 – 24, unites Latin American and Caribbean schools and universities to share best practices in technology education.
The participating students were inspired to create several animations and gaming applications—focused on education, environment, and entertainment.
June 1 – 4, 2016, Oracle Academy participated in the ninth annual Jornadas Interuniversitarias de Ciencias de la Computación (JOINCIC), an annual academic event organized by students from the Universidad Simón Bolívar, Universidad Central de Venezuela; Universidad Nacional Experimental Politécnica de las Fuerzas Armadas de Venezuela; and Universidad Catolica Andres Bello. This event is the largest and most important convention in Venezuela, bringing together hundreds of students, teachers, researchers, and professionals in computer science, to share knowledge and information about technology innovations, trends, and educational resources.
On June 9, 2016, Oracle Academy was a proud sponsor of the first WeTeach_CS Summit, in Austin, Texas, organized by The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for STEM Education. Created specifically to help K-12 CS educators, the summit offered a lineup of national speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions to support computer science education.
Alison Derbenwick Miller, vice president, Oracle Academy, presented the inaugural UT Austin Computer Science Change Maker and Computer Science Mini-Grant educator awards sponsored by Oracle Academy.
The UT CS Change Maker Awards were presented to two Texas high school CS teachers who have made significant impacts on his/her students or the community through CS instruction. Each teacher received an award of $750.
The UT Austin CS Mini-Grant Awards were presented to two Texas teachers to support instructional resources and materials used for K12 CS education after-school activities, in-school programs, or summer camps. Each teacher received an award of $1500.
Oracle is proud to support and partner with educators as we work to bring computer science to all students, everywhere. Congratulations to the award winners and thank you for making a difference!