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Year's high school computer students up 12% in Arkansas

By John Moritz

This article was published December 7, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Mary Condit, director of the Arkansas Coding Academy, discusses the creation of a program introduced Wednesday at the Capitol that offers scholarships to the coding academy. Gov. Asa Hutchinson (left) gave an update on the state’s progress in coding classes.



More than 6,000 Arkansas high school students were enrolled in computer science classes this school year, a 12 percent increase over last year, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday.



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RBear says... December 7, 2017 at 6:25 a.m.

The governor's initiative to change the workforce through introducing high school students to computer science is starting to pay dividends. By increasing the aptitude of students in the state with IT skills, this will start to drive new innovation and improve the push for more advanced skills training in both high school and college. Our state lacks the workforce needed for a new economy of cybersecurity, data sciences, robotics, and AI. It's time to change that trajectory.

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