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Rebooting the Pathway to Success: Preparing Students for Computing Workforce Needs in the US

The report Rebooting the Pathway to Success: Preparing Students for Computing Workforce Needs in the United States calls on education and business leaders and public policy officials in every state to take immediate action aimed at filling the pipeline of qualified students pursuing computing and related degrees, and to prepare them for the 21st century workforce. The report provides recommendations to help these leaders join together to create a comprehensive plan that addresses K-12 computer science education and that aligns state policy, programs, and resources to implement these efforts. "By 2020, one of every two jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will be in computing," said Bobby Schnabel, Chair of the ACM Education Policy Committee. "This concentration of computing positions in STEM makes it imperative for K-12 students in academic and career technical education programs to gain more opportunities to learn computer science." ACM CEO and Executive Director John White said that despite national calls for improved STEM education, computer science is largely omitted from these reforms. "A key factor in the limited access to K-12 computer science programs is the notion that computer science is not considered part of the 'core' subjects that students are expected to learn. We need to expose all students to computer science so they learn the vital skills that are increasingly relevant to a broad range of well-paying occupations," he said. The report presents the results of a study conducted by the ACM Education Policy Committee. The study, based on data gathered from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, was designed to assess the national computing workforce landscape, and to determine how well states are preparing K-12 students with the computing skills necessary for their future careers. 2014

Author RISEnet Member Contributor
Association for Computing Machinery Ta-Shana Taylor
Date Tags
May 06, 2014 workforce, careers, STEM, technology/computer science
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