Council Joins Computer Science Education Coalition
The Bay Area Council is proud to announce that it has joined the Computer Science Education Coalition, a nonprofit organization comprised of businesses and NGOs focused on expanding computer science education in K-12 classrooms across America to ensure that our nation remains globally competitive and secure for decades to come.
Today, only one out of four K-12 schools teach any computer science, leaving the vast majority of our nation’s students without access to the skills needed to thrive in the future. It is estimated that by the end of the decade, around 77% of jobs will require technological skills and we risk falling behind other nations who have prioritized the teaching of computer science in their countries if we do not take action. Our universities graduate only about 40,000 computer science students annually which is woefully inadequate, as there are over 500,000 unfilled computing jobs nationwide.
The Computer Science Education Coalition is seeking a $250 million federal investment in K-12 computer science this year. It’s estimated that an initial infusion of $250 million in federal funds could support as many as 52,500 classrooms and reach 3.6 million students in the coming year. The benefit is a skilled workforce, a boost to the country’s manufacturing, defense, financial, healthcare, aeronautic, technology, agricultural and other industries — strengthening America for future generations.