Locust Grove Tech Tidbits
By Denise O'Brien, LMS/STC
Hour of Code
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Computer science drives job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. Computing occupations make up two-thirds of all projected new jobs in STEM fields, making Computer Science one of the most in-demand college degrees. And computing is used all around us and in virtually every field. It’s foundational knowledge that all students need. But computer science is marginalized throughout education. 75 percent of U.S. schools don’t even offer computer science and only 8% of STEM graduates study it. We need to improve access for all students, including groups who have traditionally
“Computer Science is a liberal art: it’s something that everybody should be exposed to and everyone should have a mastery of to some extent.” - Steve Jobs
- 67% of new STEM jobs are in computing but only 8% of STEM graduates are in computer science.
- Kentucky currently has 3,662 open computing jobs (3.6 times the average demand rate in Kentucky).
- The average salary for a computing occupation in KY is $67,120, which is significantly higher than the average salary in the state ($40,040).
- Kentucky had only 326 computer science graduates in 2013; only 12% were female. Only 496 high school students in Kentucky took the AP Computer Science exam in 2015; only 27% were female; only 13 were Hispanic; only 58 were black.
- Only 20 schools in KY (8% of KY schools with AP programs) offered the AP Computer Science course in 2013-2014. There are fewer AP exams taken in computer science than in any other STEM subject area.