Indiana Students Will Have More Access to 21st Century Training

Indiana Students Will Have More Access to 21st Century Training

With broad bipartisan support, Indiana’s General Assembly passed SB 172 today. Sponsored by Senator Jeff Raatz, this bill will help ensure Indiana’s students are graduating high school with the skills and abilities to succeed in our increasingly digital economy. 

Beginning in 2021, the bill requires each public high school to offer a computer science course as a one- semester elective course in its curriculum, at least once each school year. It also establishes the Next Level Computer Science Grant Program and the Next Level Computer Science Fund to award grants to eligible entities to implement teacher professional development programs for training in computer science.

According to Code.org, there is high demand for qualified students with 4,667 open computing jobs in the state with an average salary of $74,459.

“Indiana’s legislators took a huge step toward better preparing our students for 21st century jobs when they cast their vote for this important legislation. As more and more jobs become automated, we will see a significant increase in the number of opportunities for workers skilled in computer science. This policy gives all students access to computer science course work so they are ready to succeed after graduation.

“Furthermore, it ensures Indiana will have a leg up on finding qualified workers for increasingly technical jobs. Congratulations to Sen. Jeff Raatz, our partners at Code.org, and numerous legislators from both sides of the aisle for earning nearly unanimous bipartisan support for this common-sense, yet life-changing, legislation.”

Kim Preston, Midwest Legislative Director for ExcelinEd in Action

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