Capcom announced today that it's On-Site Classes, one of the company's Educational Support Activities that helps support "Video Game Literacy" and "Career Education" among elementary and middle school age children, will be made available in a new distance learning format starting in July.
For the last fifteen years, Capcom has actively promoted education through company visits and on-site courses for young students. They've provided in-classroom instruction to a grand total of 15,726 students across 174 courses. This new online version of their courses, however, aims to broaden the programs reach amid on-going demand and changes to everyday brought on by COVID-19.
Capcom's diverse portfolio of characters and games provide context for classwork. Mega Man and Block Man, for example, lead the "Game Literacy" course wherein kids will learn why people enjoy video games. The company's star-studded "Secret of Video Games" manga, which previously featured a cameo by Star Force Mega Man, is poised to return in addition to new supplemental digital textbooks. Students will also have the opportunity to engage with Capcom staff virtually, too, all from the comfort of their home!
Pretty spiffy stuff, right? Capcom's academic outreach has maintained a fair bit of pedigree over the last fifteen years; the move to offer virtual classes is pretty admirable. Although these courses aren't offered outside of Japan, it's heartening to hear that more kids will have the opportunity to jump in and learn.
Source: Capcom Investor Relations