Computer Science education has the attention of the President of the United States, as evident in his CS for All initiative.
“In the coming years, we should build on that progress, by … offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one.”— President Obama in his 2016 State of the Union Address
“Last year, there were more than 600,000 high-paying tech jobs across the United States that were unfilled, and by 2018, 51 percent of all STEM jobs are projected to be in computer science-related fields…However, by some estimates, just one quarter of all the K-12 schools in the United States offer high-quality computer science with programming”
There is a major difficulty in reaching the goal of offering CS and programming in Texas K-12 schools. Texas has a severe shortage of CS certified teachers.
“Texas has 1.4 million high school students and in 2014, only fourteen people completed a CS teaching preparation program. The country and the state of Texas need highly qualified Computer Science teachers to prepare those kids for the high-wage, high-demand jobs of their future.”
In this situation, there is also a significant opportunity.
“Women compose less than one-third of technical employees and African Americans and Latinos less than ten percent. American industry would be more competitive and successful with a more diverse workforce. Women and students of color, in particular, can contribute to these high-wage and high-demand tech careers. K-12 education and teachers have an essential role to play in meeting both of these goals.”
If you are currently a Texas certified K-12 teacher, you can contribute to the CS For All initiative by getting CS certified and bringing more CS programming courses to the public schools. WeTeach_CS is here to help. We provide information, a certification prep course, an incentive stipend and support for teachers in the field. Come join us to answer the President’s call to bring Computer Science to All.