Computer coding classes offered to ramp up workforce

SALT LAKE CITY — A new bill that would give more opportunities for Utah students in middle and high school to learn computer coding and gain experience in the field was unanimously recommended by state lawmakers Tuesday. The bill, SB107, will apportion roughly $2 million in order to grant the students this learning prospect.

The money will go to the Utah STEM Action Center and the Utah State Board of Educators for the purposes of approving and buying computer coding software programs that teachers can use to teach the skill. For employers, both in the state and across the nation, coding ability is in high demand, and students learning the skill have the chance to get high-paying jobs that would otherwise probably be outsourced, as noted by Sen. Howard Stephenson (R-Draper), the bill’s sponsor.

Source: Deseret News


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