New computer science classes prepare students for the workplace, and the aim is to enable more students to develop skills in technology that will be used in the future.
At Hobbton High School, students are now participating in a new Career and Technical Education curriculum. Freshman and sophomore students with an interest in computer science with an eye toward coding, computer science, and mobile application development. The high school and Sampson County Schools are applying for the Preparing Future Workforce in Coding and Mobile Application Development Grant Program, sponsored through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).
SCS CTE director Ginger Stone is enthusiastic about the opportunities for students.
“We have employers who are asking for computer programing skills from our students,” Stone said. “So it’s a wonderful opportunity for our students. It’s been a push from DPI to start incorporating more of those opportunities. This is just an addition of what we’re trying to do for that purpose.”
Stone also says that Sampson Community College wants to have more incoming students who are knowledgeable about computer programming.
“We’re all working together to try to build those skills for students,” Stone said. “That’s what that grant is about.”