The technology industry recognizes the need to increase the number of highly skilled workers by working with teachers to address computer science in education.
Steve Vinter, Engineering Director at Google and Chair of the Tech Hub Collaborative’s Talent Working Group, is working with a team of tech executives, teachers, and education thought leaders to make a push to significantly improve the computer science talent pipeline in Massachusetts. It’s come to be common knowledge that the future of the tech sector—an important economic driver for the state—rests on high-skilled workers. Well, Steve and his team have broken down the talent question further to identify the priority of computing education, and they are doing something about it.
Last month, I attended a presentation that Steve delivered at Fitchburg State University to the Governor’s Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council Meeting. The goal of STEM is to ensure that all students are educated in these fields, which will enable them to pursue post-secondary degrees or careers in these areas, as well as raise awareness of the benefits associated with an increased statewide focus on STEM. Here You can read more can see the slide deck STEM and Computing in MA. It was all about the immediate and future need for a workforce skilled in computing and the urgency of teaching middle school and high school students the basics and exciting them to pursue further computer science education.
The December 13th presentation was really eye-opening for the information and facts presented. For example, national data shows the largest share of future STEM jobs will be in computing, but that is the least pursued STEM field of study today.
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