Northeast Alabama Community College was honored to host Code.org® with Dr. Jeff Gray (http://gray.cs.ua.edu/) recently.
On October 11th, 28 K-8 teachers from 19 schools within 10 school districts came together on the NACC campus to be a part of a Code.org® workshop. Judith Lea, Director of the Technology Learning Center planned and organized the event. “We are honored to have Dr. Gray on our campus and to support our local teachers with this free day of professional development.”
Dr. Gray is a full time Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Alabama (UA) and a member of the newly formed Software Engineering Group. He is a National Science Foundation CAREER award recipient and was named the 2008 Alabama Professor of the Year. Gray is a Distinguished Member of the ACM and a Senior Member of the IEEE, and he currently serves as the chair of the Alabama IEEE Computer Society. He also serves on the Education Advisory Council of Code.org®. Gray, who serves on the educational advisory board for Code.org, said the goal is to build a pipeline so that computer science is available from the first day students enroll in school.
Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Code.org®, whose founding donors include Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, is dedicated to expanding computer science education in secondary and primary schools, and provides training for teachers nationwide. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.
A U.S. News and World Reports study in 2014 found three of the top eight jobs nationwide were related to computer science. Software developer was third on the list, with the U.S. Labor Department estimating 140,000 new positions with the average median salary above $90,000 would be created by 2022. Computer systems analyst and information security analyst were seventh and eighth on the list, respectively. Those positions are expected to see a 24 to 36 percent increases by 2022.
“In keeping with the colleges directive goals of providing services and training as well as providing access to college facilities, we felt this was a great way to enrich the lives of our future students through the K-8 teachers of our local schools,” continued Lea. “We are so appreciative of Dr. Gray and the Code.org® organization for providing the training for this event along with lunch and refreshments for the attendees. We hope to make this an annual event for our local teachers during their fall break.”
For more information on Code.org® please visit: https://code.org/