U. Houston partnered with Microsoft to build STEM career pipeline

A new partnership is hoped to educate students and professionals in Texas to prepare them for new career opportunities in technology fields.

The University of Houston has partnered with Microsoft in a new initiative to train students and professionals across Texas in digital and technical skills to create new economic opportunity, the university announced last week.

The Microsoft Accelerate program, launched in collaboration with the University of Houston College of Technology, as well as several other education organizations, including the Texas Education Agency, Dallas Independent School District and the nonprofit National Math and Science Initiative, will develop several training programs to address STEM engagement for K-12 students, professional development for educators, workforce development for high school and college students, as well as working professionals looking to enhance their business and technical skills.

“The College of Technology is working with Microsoft to provide Texas communities with resources to create meaningfully unique opportunities … to support workforce creation and up-skilling,” University of Houston Dean Anthony Ambler said in a press release.

The new training programs will help prepare students for the workforce by arming them with skills needed for STEM career, according to Microsoft, including data science, coding and artificial intelligence. Programs will also be developed to help educate teachers on how to incorporate technology into their classrooms and curriculums.


The partnership also aims to focus on creating new opportunities for minority and low-income communities, which often go underserved, Ambler said.

Betsy Foresman

Written by Betsy Foresman

Betsy Foresman was an education reporter for EdScoop from 2018 through early 2021, where she wrote about the virtues and challenges of innovative technology solutions used in higher education and K-12 spaces. Foresman also covered local government IT for StateScoop, on occasion. Foresman graduated from Texas Christian University in 2018 — go Frogs! — with a BA in journalism and psychology. During her senior year, she worked as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and moved back to the capital after completing her degree because, like Shrek, she feels most at home in the swamp. Foresman previously worked at Scoop News Group as an editorial fellow.

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