Phoenix Coding Academy: Mignon L. Clyburn Visited the School

Posted by Communications on 4/19/2017

Mignon L. Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission visited the Phoenix Coding Academy, April 18.  She was in town for a digital broadband conference.  She was interested in seeing a public school that offered STEM programming, that provided opportunities for minorities and women and she wanted to see how e-rate funding is supporting low income students.   E-rate is a program provides discounts to assist schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access, administered by the FCC.  Clyburn also wanted to see a school with a unique approach to education, and “this school checked all the boxes,” she said.   Her chief of staff said they learned about the Coding Academy from a Google search, and the commissioner tries to see schools, libraries and other government facilities whenever she travels.  Principal Seth Beute, Innovation and Technology Executive Director Thea Andrade and IT Director Amy Remfrey toured with Clyburn.  Clyburn has served on the FCC since 2009.