50 students from Keithville Elementary and Middle School, Fair Park Preparatory Academy, and Broadmoor Middle Laboratory School were awarded personal laptops after completing the Crafting U curriculum at an end of school year ceremony on Thursday, May 9th. The laptops were provided by Step Forward with a grant from Capital One.

Keith Hanson, City of Shreveport’s Chief Technology Officer opened the ceremony saying “This field is wide open…If you can code, you can get a job, and these jobs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon—they are only expanding in demand. Congratulations to all of you who learned to code your first programs in this curriculum. I’m excited to see this young generation of new programmers coming into their own in Shreveport.”

“The students were awarded for their progress in learning to code with a laptop that is theirs forever,” said Billy Hanisee. “The two biggest problems facing students who might be capable of pursuing a technical education are access and awareness. These laptops, coupled with the curriculum solve both of those problems and enable students to pursue a career path they might otherwise have never even been exposed to.” Thanks to Crafting U, Caddo Parish Schools, and Capital One for their support.