Celebrating the first graduates of the Academy for Software Engineering

In June 2016, the Academy for Software Engineering (AFSE) graduated its inaugural class of 126 students.

Any new school’s first graduation is a significant achievement — for both students and staff. But this one is particularly important because AFSE is the first public school in NYC designed to provide a rigorous computer science education to every student, regardless of academic background.

ASFE is proof that computer science is for all kids.

CSNYC Chairman Fred Wilson helped launch AFSE in 2012 in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office and Department of Education, and four years later, these students are on track to pursue degrees in computer science and other STEM disciplines.

To celebrate this fantastic school and especially its first graduating class, we wanted to highlight a few of their stories.

1 — AFSE’s 2016 Salutatorian is Luna Ruiz. By pursuing a career in technology, Luna aims to break gender stereotypes and be a role model to other young women who share her passion for technology.

2 — Lucas Schlenck made great strides while at AFSE. Inspired by one of his teachers, Lucas went from an unmotivated sophomore to an aspiring video game producer prepared to take on any challenges he may face.

3 — Carmen Ho dreams of becoming a software engineer at a major tech company, despite having no knowledge of computer science before entering AFSE.

4 — Roger Torres loves to create, whether video games or films, and plans to continue studying computer science in order to turn his passion into a career.

5 — Porfirio and Pomeroy Mohabir are twin brothers who have different personalities but share common goals: to take full advantage of the educational opportunities before them and pursue careers in science and technology.

We wish the very best to these six students and every member of the AFSE class of 2016!

AFSE is part of our 10-year CS4All initiative to provide access to computer science to all of New York City’s 1.1 million public school students. These students are learning computational and critical thinking skills that will help them become our city’s skilled, diverse, and locally-sourced workforce.

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