Amazon academy? Virginia looks to add thousands of new computer science graduates

The Commonwealth of Virginia will help fund some 31,000 new computer science graduates during the next two decades, with an eye toward meeting the tech talent demand brought on by Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and other companies assumed to follow it into Virginia, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday.

Roughly 75% of those bachelor and graduate degrees are expected to come from universities with a Northern Virginia tie — Virginia Tech and George Mason University. Virginia Tech will get approximately $545 million and Mason will get $235 million in state funding during the next 20 years to meet that goal.

The breakdown of where those students are expected to graduate from is as follows:

Virginia Tech: 5,911 bachelor’s degrees, 10,324 master’s degrees

George Mason University: 2,277 bachelor’s degrees, 5,328 master’s degrees
The University of Virginia: 3,416 bachelor’s degrees
College of William & Mary: 930 bachelor’s degrees
Old Dominion University: 765 bachelor’s…

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