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Department of Higher Education in Massachusetts: Let computer science count toward a math or science entrance requirement for all Massachusetts public higher education institutions

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Computer Science is driving job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of projected jobs in STEM fields are in computing occupations; these occupations dominate “help wanted” ads; and computer science is one of the hottest degrees for new college graduates. In fact, by 2018, Massachusetts will need to fill 277,280 STEM-related jobs, and 53% of these jobs will be in computing.

Computer Science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and teaches them how to create—not just use—technology. This fundamental knowledge is needed to prepare students for the 21st century, regardless of their ultimate field of study or occupation. For these reasons, high school Computer Science courses should count toward math or science entrance requirements for all Massachusetts public higher education institutions.

At this time the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN), the Greater Boston Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council’s Education Foundation (MassTLC EF) leaders are in preliminary conversations and working productively with Senior Staff at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education regarding this topic.  Please join us and show your support for making CS count toward a math or science entrance requirement for all Massachusetts public higher education institutions.

To learn more about making computer science count nationally, visit code.org



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