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High School Students: Codecademy Offers Free Scholarships Now

For a motivated high school student who wants to learn job-ready skills related to computer programming or data science, online boot camp Codecademy is offering 10,000 scholarships for high school and college students.

Codecademy offers free courses all the time, but its paid Pro level comes with live help from advisers via chat. It relies more on text than on video, so it’s not as well-suited for younger kids who want to learn to code.

[Side note: The youngest kids can start with Scratch. Older kids can try SpriteBox for games that teach coding principles.]

How to Get Started

Here’s how high school (and college) students can get started:

1. Click this link.

2. Use your CPS or other school email address to sign up.

It’s that easy. If you have an email their system does not recognize, there’s a Google form you can fill out to start with the free subscription. Codecademy will upgrade your subscription in a few days.

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Maureen Kelleher

Chicago Unheard blog manager Maureen Kelleher also serves as a senior writer and editor at brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and brighter future for every child. Before joining the brightbeam team, she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of a middle-schooler. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.

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