Governor Wolf Proposes ‘Computer Science For All’ Standards for PA Schools

first_imgGovernor Wolf Proposes ‘Computer Science For All’ Standards for PA Schools November 15, 2017 Education,  Innovation,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Last week, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania Department of Education highlighted the importance of making computer science education available to all students in the commonwealth during a State Board of Education meeting and Governor Wolf and the department are urging them to endorse ‘Computer Science for All’ standards.“Over the next decade, seven in ten new jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use computers and new technologies in a constantly changing economy,” Governor Wolf said. “Businesses are growing in Pennsylvania and we know they need skilled workers. We must begin to prepare students now by establishing standards for computer science education in Pennsylvania schools so that our students have the skills necessary for these emerging high-demand jobs that will support middle class families and attract new businesses to commonwealth. I have asked the Department of Education to work closely with the State Board of Education to adopt Computer Science for All standards for Pennsylvania and I will work with the legislature to codify computer science standards into law.”Pennsylvania is already a leader in STEM education. The PA STEM coalition works with schools and students to expand STEM and Computer Science offerings. In Pennsylvania, over 1,200 educators are trained in K-12 resources (DCIU and AIU3 partnership) and 18,332 students took a Computer Science class in high school last year.Because of legislation signed by Governor Wolf, Pennsylvania already allows computer science classes to count for graduation, making it one of 24 states with this policy.“This emphasis on computer science would build on our efforts to make Pennsylvania a national leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education,” Governor Wolf said. “Pennsylvania now ranks fourth in the nation for the number of STEM graduates and is in the top 10 of states for STEM jobs, but there is more work to do. By giving students access to a quality computer science course we can make sure they have the skills needed for these good paying jobs.”By 2018, there will be approximately 300,000 Pennsylvania jobs that require STEM skills or content knowledge, and over the next ten years, 71 percent of new jobs will require computer science skills.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Alpena County Employees Come Together in ‘Have a Heart’ Competition to Donate to St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThere was a friendly competition between employees from Alpena County this week to help donate non–perishable food items to St. Vincent DePaul food pantry.Take a look.What’s wrong with a little friendly competition especially if it’s about love?The competition, “Have a Heart” was between union workers from the Police Officers Association of Michigan, The Technical Workers of Police Officers Association of Michigan, and The Government Employees Labor Council against non-union workers, and department heads to see who could collect the most non-perishable food items to donate to the St. Vincent DePaul food pantry.Organizer, Catherine Murphy said the county was inspired to give back to the community following Valentines Day.“Back in December our union, the local T–POAM, and the Division of POAM decided that we wanted to do something for the community, but everyone does something for the community at Christmas time…between Christmas and Thanksgiving. So we decided that we would wait until after the first of the year and we would include all of the other unions and the non–unions with the county and so we named it ‘Have a Heart’ and had it Valentines Day doing a friendly competition. The union won,” Murphy said.The emergency food pantry at St.Vincent DePaul feeds over 1,200 families a month. Assistant Manager of St. Vincent DePaul, Hope Ludwig said it’s amazing how the community steps up when people are in need or in a crisis.“The way that I look at it, is if you know if I’m in a situation where I can afford to buy a couple extra cans of food or extra boxes of cereal when it’s on sale, I can do that for my community. Because what if I was on the other end of the receiving where I couldn’t afford to do that because working here at St. Vincent DePaul I see that. It’s a great need in our community for some extra food just to get them through a crisis or no job, things like that. So I feel it’s awesome for our community to help in that way, when they can help and however much they can help,” Ludwig said.The pantry serves Alpena, Alcona, and Montmorency County. Ludwig said she’s grateful for the donations.“We live in such a great community, everyone support us, and we just want to extend that thanks out to our community. We really appreciate it. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our community,” she added.The Alpena County workers were able to raise a total of 700 non–perishable food items for the pantry.For WBKB News in Alpena, I’m Star Connor.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena county, food pantries, Food Pantry, St. Vincent DePaulContinue ReadingPrevious It’s National Girl Scout Cookies Weekend; Cookies Unload in Alpena Ready for Delivery to Help Benefit the TroopsNext Hubbard Lake Woman Killed In Rollover Crashlast_img read more