Code Nation, founded in 2012 with the mission of equipping students in under-resourced high schools with the skills, experiences, and connections necessary to enter careers in tech, will be closing at the end of this school year. The final date of operations will be on June 3, 2024. Below is an excerpt from Code Nation’s CEO, Ron Summers’ recent email communications regarding the closure of Code Nation.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the closure of Code Nation. Over the past 12 years, Code Nation and its team have accomplished so much together, and I’d like to take a moment to reflect on those achievements.

Since our founding in 2012, we have served nearly 10,000 students in more than 100 schools, partnered with 150+ tech companies, and engaged more than 2,000 volunteers. Our mission to equip students in under-resourced high schools with the skills, experiences, and connections necessary to enter careers in tech has touched the lives of so many.

Today, more than 50% of high schools are offering computer science classes, and funders are increasingly focused on post-secondary support and job placement. While this shift is ultimately a positive development for the broader computer science education landscape, it also makes it difficult for us to sustain our own operations.

I know this is difficult news. I want to assure our staff, students, volunteers, funders, and partners that I, alongside the members of leadership at Code Nation, are committed to supporting our communities during this period. All current programs will remain active until our closure, and we will do all we can to cultivate a community of support as we process this news and start our next chapters.

Code Nation is part of an ecosystem of thriving, like-minded organizations who share our vision of a more diverse tech industry and advanced economic mobility for those underrepresented in tech. I am confident that our peer organizations will continue to carry out the work we began in 2012, and we are doing all we can to facilitate connecting our students and their families, volunteers, and partners with the resources they need to continue their journeys. We are actively exploring opportunities for partnerships that could benefit our staff and students after we close.

I want to personally express my deep gratitude to our dedicated staff, committed volunteers, supportive funders, and incredible partners. Together, you played a pivotal role in the successes we had, and I am honored that I had the opportunity to celebrate those wins with you over the last year and a half. Thank you for your dedication, passion, and commitment to our mission. While this chapter is closing, the impact of our work will live on in our alumni who are working in tech today, thriving because of the support we provided and the connections we have helped to forge.

With immense gratitude,

Ron Summers
Code Nation CEO

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