Group commits $1M for Mississippi computer science education

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RIDGELAND, Mississippi (AP) – An organization said Thursday it is committing $ 1 million to help Mississippi school districts start computer classes.

The money comes from the C Spire Foundation, a charity linked to Mississippi-based telecommunications and technology company C Spire.

According to the AC Spire press release, the company will ask Mississippi lawmakers this year to consider making computer classes available to all elementary, middle and high schools by 2024-25. The statement said 48% of high schools in Mississippi currently teach computer science.

“More than ever, we must equip all our children to master the digital tools of the 21st century and provide them with educational opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills on the building blocks of meaningful and relevant learning that will form the basis . the economic future of our state, ”Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire, said in the statement.

The statement said Mississippi employers have more than 1,475 vacant jobs due to a shortage of skilled and skilled information technology and computer workers.

C Spire has been promoting computer science education in Mississippi since 2015 with coding challenges, coding academies, and accelerated degree programs.

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