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White House Honors Champions of Change for Computer Science Education

A Tennessee tech leader receives recognition for his efforts to teach computer science to young students at a coding school.

by Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn. / January 26, 2016

(TNS) — The White House will recognize TechTown CEO Cordell Carter, II on Tuesday as one of nine individuals picked as a "Champion of Change."

Carter, who came to Chattanooga, Tenn. last year after serving as a director for U.S. training programs for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is being recognized for his work in leading the TechTown programs in Chattanooga. Carter, who will be honored as a Champion of Change in Computer Education, will  share his experiences in training young people at the downtown coding school that opened in 2015.

"As with any leadership award, this represents a team effort by all of our TechTown staff, board and donors in Chattanooga and beyond," Carter said as he prepared to travel to Washington D.C.  "The community's support allowed TechTown to extend the classroom and learning experiences of students throughout the region, introducing them to the mind-blowing opportunities computer science can bring to their lives."

The Champions of Change for Computer Science Education event will be live streamed on the White House website at at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

TechTown is designed to level the playing field for young innovators through access to state of the art technology, training in 21st century skills and career awareness.

Carter previously served as Seattle Public School District Director of School Support Services, a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow with Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau Bankengruppe and a strategy consultant with the IBM Corporation.

©2016 the Chattanooga Times/Free Press (Chattanooga, Tenn.), distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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