GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Two of Colorado’s 20 recipients of the Advanced Placement Computer Science Female Diversity Award are right here in District 51! Both Central High School and Fruita Monument High School earned the award from the College Board AP for their work in closing the gender gap in the computer science world.
The AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award is earned by schools where at least half of all students who took the AP Computer Science Principles course at the school in 2019-20 are female, or the percentage of female students who took the AP Computer Science Principles Exam was equal to or greater than the percentage of female students enrolled at the school.
According to College Board research, female students who take AP Computer Science Principles in high school are more than five times as likely to major in computer science in college. Majoring in computer science can lead to rewarding and high-paying careers: the median wage for computer and information technology jobs was $88,240 in May 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Closing the gender gap is important because just just 24% of jobs in the computing industry belong to women.
More than 20,000 schools offer AP courses. This year’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award went to 1,119 schools.