May supports expanding computer science course access

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, March 15, 2018

STATEHOUSE (March 15, 2018) — The Indiana General Assembly passed legislation supported by State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) expanding student access to computer science classes in Indiana schools.

May said there is a vast need for employees in the computer science industry, with more than 8,000 job openings statewide. The act would ensure computer science education is offered to Hoosier students and establish the Next Level Computer Science Grant Program to help local schools train teachers to instruct these courses. May said by tasking all public and charter schools with offering a computer science course as a one-semester elective at least once each school year by 2021, Hoosiers could begin developing skills needed in high-demand industries.

“All schools in Indiana should offer a comprehensive computer science curriculum to ensure students are ready for the jobs being created right now,” May said. “Computer science not only teaches about technology, it transforms how students see the world through logical reasoning and problem solving.”

May said statistics show that students introduced to computer science in their K-12 experiences are more likely to pursue computer science degrees in college.

This bill now advances to the governor for consideration as a new law. For more information on Senate Enrolled Act 172, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) represents House District 65, which includes all of Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.

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