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Governor selects ELC for computer science funds

July 18, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Estherville Lincoln Central is one of just 23 schools or school districts chosen for a share of a state appropriation of $500,000 designed to expand computer science education across the state.

In her announcement, Governor Kim Reynolds said the effort aligns with the Future Ready Initiative, which is about preparing Iowans for more rewarding, high-demand jobs and getting employers the skilled workers they need.

Reynolds said, 'This investment provides students with the tools they need to excel within a 21st-century digital economy. Teaching computer science and other STEM-related courses is an essential component to any child's education. That's why Iowa is preparing our young people for success in cutting-edge careers with programs like this."

Schools will use the incentive fund to pay for professional learning or university coursework for teaching endorsements in computer science, Reynolds said in the announcement.

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said, "Strong computer science instruction is critical in ensuring our students are future-ready when they graduate from high school."

ELC, Spirit Lake and Storm Lake were the northwest Iowa districts included among the 23 recipients.



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