85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030, do not exist today, according to Dell Technologies, Institute for the Future.
What does that mean for the State of Wyoming? It means that while the State is determining best practices to fund the public school system it is critical to retool the system to accommodate the growing demand for workforce with computer science skills. There are committee bills that have been filed for this legislative season specific to computer science. One is SF-0029 which specifically addresses Computer Science, “…education must adopt uniform content and performance standards for computer science.” This particular bill is sponsored by the Joint Education Interim Committee.
HB-0053 is another bill refining the language to encourage computer science curriculum in K-12 by allowing it be a part of both graduation requirements and/or Hathaway requirements.
“An act relating to education; amending the state’s educational program relating to computer science and world cultures and languages; providing that computer science courses may satisfy certain high school graduation requirements and certain Hathaway scholarship requirements; providing applicability; requiring a report; and providing for effective dates.”
Wyoming Excel is working to make sure the support for Computer Sciences continues throughout the session and hopes these stepping stones can launch students into viable careers. The organization has an assortment of details on their website in a PDF, which is available for use.