Claflin student teaches teens computer programming, coding skills at OCL workshops

Jul 11, 2016

The Orangeburg County Library recently served as host to free workshops designed to teach teens computer programming and coding skills. The workshops were taught by Eddie Massey III, founder of the nonprofit organization Artificial Intelligence in Action. The nonprofit focuses on advancing technology skills among women, minorities and underprivileged youth.

“There will be 1.3 million more mathematical and technical jobs by 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics ,” Massey said. “We have to make sure that our students are adequately prepared to take these jobs or our entire community will suffer.”

Massey founded AIA after transferring to Claflin University from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. After transferring, he said he noticed the lack of technological opportunities available for youth in the community.

“After seeing such disparities in education in my community, I wanted to make sure our community is on the forefront of technical innovation not just for the region, but the world. I believe that the next life-changing technologies will come right out of Orangeburg,” Massey said.

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