K-12 computer science education could boost a state’s economy. Officials in Wyoming are hoping that alternate ways to make technology a part of the economy include preparation of Wyoming students to be leaders in the field.
To achieve the goal of making technology a vibrant part of Wyoming’s economy, the Joint Education Committee requested that the Wyoming Department of Education convene a Computer Science Education Task Force to review what is necessary to prepare students for leadership.
For the past three months, education professionals in K-12 and higher education have met with representatives of the tech industry for developing a roadmap, approved by the Joint Education Committee just this past week.
The plan adds funding for teacher training, and allows computer science to become a core subject area for students in K-12. Those courses will count toward graduation. As a core subject, every K-12 school will teach it.