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Microsoft, D.C. team up for 'Digital Alliance'

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Washington and Microsoft are teaming up with a high tech plan to spur job and education growth in the District.

At Howard University's public charter middle school, Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, 7th graders were busy creating web pages. Their teachers were the university's computer science professors.

The exchange is one of many that Fred Humphries, Microsoft's Vice President, and Mayor Vincent Gray announced will provide training and mentoring, particularly for D.C. schools, and will help bridge the digital divide.

"The investment they're helping us make are for people who will be looking for jobs in 2020 or 2030," Gray said.

Back at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, where 70 percent of the students come from lower income families, the alliance means students get to meet technology professionals at Microsoft's D.C. Innovation Center.

"They'll interact with computer programmers, engineers, other professionals, and these are Microsoft employees," said Yohance Maqubela, executive director at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science.

The idea is that the alliance will create a better workforce that will eventually have a chance to compete for jobs at companies like Microsoft.

 

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