In 2012, the Academy for Software Engineering (AFSE), a new small Career and Technical Education (CTE) school opened its doors to its first cohort of 126 freshmen. AFSE's reputation has spread as a school dedicated to providing students with academically rigorous curricula, a wealth of resources, and access to New York's technology and startup community. With the support of CSNYC, AFSE hopes to set the standard for computer science education in New York City.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the "employment of software developers and computer programmers is projected to grow 22 percent and 8 percent, respectively, from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations because of the large increase in the demand for computer software." In New York City, the tech/information sector has grown by 11% since 2007 and continues to thrive. With such growth and demand for technically skilled employees, venture capitalist Fred Wilson and AFSE Advisory Board chair Evan Korth in collaboration with City Hall and the Department of Education moved forward on an idea to create a new public high school focused on computer science and software engineering.
The Importance of Technology in Our Collective Future
Everything, absolutely everything today, is run by software in some way. Clothing design, music, file sharing, medical discovery...this is our new world. At AFSE you can write your own software that changes lives. And that's just another day at high school. But not just any school...the Academy for Software Engineering (AFSE).