Computer Science Beyond High School
While Code.org doesn’t offer post-secondary courses, we encourage students to consider opportunities our partners and generous donors are providing to take your love of computer science beyond graduation.
Choosing a career path
You can jumpstart your career in tech by majoring in a field of computer science at college or finishing a certificate program. Look at programs such as computer science, information technology, information systems, data science, application programming, etc.
Tech Prep by Facebook: Explore careers in programming through interviews, industry comparisons, and more
Careers in Tech: Learn more through video interviews with professionals working at some of the leading tech companies
- Review salary and job prospects for different careers at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Learn more about which degree programs can set up you for the job you want with this study from The National Center for Women & Informational Technology (NCWIT) and connect with college students on College Confidential to ask questions about college majors.
- If you’re interested in applying CS in another field, there are lots of opportunities for blended career paths. Look at options such as computational biology, business and tech, or CS and design (Human Computer Interaction majors). Get your questions, about any role or industry, answered by real professionals on Career Village.
Not sure about studying computer science? Try a course! No matter what you end up studying, CS is a useful skill to have these days. If you’re in college learn more about what your school offers by signing up for an introductory course in computer science. Or, if you’re not in school, take a free online course.
Heading straight to university isn’t for everyone. If you aren’t planning on attending college, there are still ways to begin a meaningful career in computer science.
Continue your learning with these partners:
Lambda school trains people online to be software engineers at no up-front cost. Instead of paying tuition, students can agree to pay a percentage of their income after they're employed, and only if they're making more than $50k per year. If you don't find a job, or don't reach that level of income, you'll never pay a cent.
Enroll in a skills-based boot camp powered by Trilogy Education. Programs include coding, data, design, and cybersecurity. More than 45 leading institutions, including Harvard Extension, UC Berkeley Extension, Penn LPS, and Georgia Tech, partner with Trilogy. Thousands of individuals have completed Trilogy-powered programs, and over 2,000 companies employ them. If you’re at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED, you can apply. Mention Code.org to an admissions advisor for a $500 scholarship on select programs. This offer is only valid for new applicants and cannot be combined with other offers.
Offerings available from our donors:
Pluralsight. Use this summer to continue your learning with Pluralsight One’s course library, available for free to Code.org classroom students for a year after sign up. Curated by expert technologists, the library features over 150 courses totaling over 500 hours of content across four major areas: IT/OPs, software development, design/creative, and product management. A personal plan begins at $35/month.
AWS Educate Cloud Skills Badges. With comprehensive resources for building skills in cloud technology and computer science, AWS Educate offers free, self-paced interactive challenges and hands on activities to go beyond the K-12 CS Framework. Students can earn badges for various levels of skills.
Microsoft Learn. Master industry-recognized Microsoft technologies at your own pace with free modules, tutorials, and learning paths designed to prepare you for Microsoft certifications.
TechPrep by Facebook. Created for students and guardians looking to better understand computer science and programming pathways, TechPrep by Facebook is a collection of fun videos and resources to help you find the information you need.
Grow Google. Access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow your skills and career. With resources that are accessible online and for free, you can explore industries and earn resume-boosting credentials and certificates.
If you do want to continue your education through a degree program, there are loans and scholarships available that can help you finance a degree. Or, new college programs such as Make School that allow students to attend college at no cost and only pay tuition after getting a job that pays at least $60K/year. When deciding whether to invest time and money in a program, look at their outcome data for previous students.
Connect and network with others in the CS space through events and programs.
- NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) provides a long-term community for female technologists, from K-12 through higher education and beyond. In addition to academic awards offered across education levels, AiC also offers a networking group that includes virtual as well as in-person meetups.
Built by Girls gives high school and college women access to professional advisors, exclusive events at top tech companies, and resources to help them explore and land their first internship or job.
- Through a variety of programs, Code 2040 connects Black & Latinx tech talent with companies, mentors, and peers committed to racial equity and inclusion in the tech sector.
Rewriting the Code (RTC) connects like-minded college women pursuing computer science and engineering, provides them with vast resources, and exposes them to tech companies seeking interns and employees. The Rewriting the Code community is thriving with 6,000+ students and has become the 'go to' hub for college women in tech. Incoming freshmen may join RTC's free community today to get connected with an RTC student mentor on the campus you'll be attending in the fall!
- Tech Meetups. With groups across the world, you can find - or create - a Tech Meetup near you.
There are also national community groups designed to create supportive communities including: The Society of Women Engineers, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and Systers.
Whether you’re sure about a career in computer science, or still exploring, taking one of these online courses will expand your learning while also showing you what studying CS beyond high school could look like.
Stanford Free Online Courses: CS101 provides a general background on computers today: what is a computer, what is hardware, what is software, what is the internet. Or, dive into additional CS courses such as databases or algorithms.
- Udacity: CS 101 Class: In this free introduction to computer programming course, you’ll learn and practice key computer science concepts by building your own versions of popular web applications. You’ll learn Python, a powerful, easy-to-learn, and widely used programming language, and you’ll explore computer science basics, as you build your own search engine and social network.
EdX: Harvard CS50 Class: A free, entry-level course, CS50x teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development.
- You can continue your learning with the free University courses from MIT. And both EdX and Coursera have options available to audit University courses for free.
In addition to traditional courses, you can build professional skills in web development with The Odin Project, a free, open source curriculum or Codecademy, an online learning environment with free courses available in many different languages.
Check-out work experiences being offered by some of the leading tech companies.
Internships and Work Opportunities:
The Code 2040 Fellows Program provides Black and Latinx college and graduate-level students with a 10-week immersive internship at a top tech company.
- Find a quality apprenticeship through Apprenti, where after completing an assessment you’ll be connected with previously vetted opportunities relevant to what you’re looking for.
Genesys Works offers summer training, year-long paid internships, and college and career coaching.
YearUp focuses on moving young adults into meaningful careers with six months of skills training followed by a six-month internship.
NPower creates pathways to IT careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities.