[gsis_admins] Fwd: FW: Deal recommends computer programming satisfy core requirement

  • From: Denise Epperson <denise.epperson@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: gsis_admins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Josh Griffis <josh.griffis@xxxxxxxx>, "Ashley Crawford (CO)" <ashley.crawford@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:32:57 -0400

*From:* Gov. Deal’s Communications Office [mailto:press@xxxxxxxxxxx
*Sent:* Monday, August 25, 2014 2:18 PM
*To:* Gov. Deal’s Communications Office
*Subject:* Deal recommends computer programming satisfy core requirement

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For immediate release

Office of Communications

Aug. 25, 2014

(404) 651-7774

*Deal recommends computer programming satisfy core requirement*

*Governor: Georgia businesses say skilled computer programmers, software
developers in demand *

Gov. Nathan Deal today recommended the State Board of Education amend state
policy to allow computer programming courses to satisfy core requirements —
math, science or foreign language — for receiving a high school diploma.
Deal is asking the Board of Regents of the University System to follow suit
by accepting these courses for admission into institutions of higher

“Students need to acquire the 21st century skills necessary to thrive in
the modern workforce,” Deal said. “Computing is currently one of the
fastest growing occupations in the country with average salaries nearly
twice the national rate. In fact, more than half of the projected job
growth in the STEM fields will be in computing occupations. We must begin
training our young people in these areas prior to their post-secondary
education so they are prepared to fill these high-wage, in-demand

"This change will support our STEM efforts — science, technology,
engineering and mathematics," said University System of Georgia Chancellor
Hank Huckaby. "It is a recognition of the evolving dynamics of our
increasingly technologically dependent world."

"If Georgia is to maintain a world-class workforce, then we must ensure
that our students can understand and apply sophisticated technology,” said
Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson. “I applaud
Governor Deal for this change that will improve the education of students
and build a better future for Georgia."

Deal this year created the Governor’s High Demand Career Initiative, which
regularly brings together the heads of Economic Development, our university
and technical college systems and key leaders in some of our private-sector
industries to hear directly from the employers of our state about what they
expect their future needs will be. It also give our institutions of
education the chance to get ahead of the curve in preparing tomorrow’s

“As Georgia’s workforce and education leaders have traveled the state
meeting with businesses, they have heard repeatedly that there is a need
for skilled computer programmers and software developers in the state,”
said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. "Our
goal with the High Demand Career Initiative is to support Georgia companies
with their workforce needs and provide our students with the resources and
programs to secure job opportunities in Georgia."

"As the state's leading voice dedicated to the promotion and advancement of
Georgia’s technology industry, the Technology Association of Georgia
recognizes that we all have to do more to meet the future demand for a
tech-ready workforce," said TAG President and CEO Tino Mantella. “It’s
imperative that we prepare Georgia’s kids today for the jobs of tomorrow.
To that end, TAG supports this initiative to strengthen coding and
programming for k-12 students in the state."

Currently, Georgia allows Advanced Placement Computer Science to satisfy
the fourth and final science credit in high school. Only 18 percent of
Georgia high schools offer this class and less than one percent of students
took the course in 2013. Other coding courses can count only as elective
credit and access to these courses is limited.

“I am working to keep Georgia the No. 1 place in the nation for business
and we must have a strong education system that responds to the needs of
companies across our state in order to do so,” Deal said. “Computer science
should no longer be just a  high school elective. With the help of strong
partners like Georgia Tech, we can develop these valuable courses and
better prepare our students for college and the workforce.”

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