PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Chief Innovation Officer
Richard Culatta and local education leaders, will visit the Bootstrap
Summer Camp at the Academy for Career Exploration (ACE) in Providence. According
to the state Department of Labor and Training, by 2022, there will be more than
4,000 openings in computer and math jobs in Rhode Island. Raimondo will speak with
students about how skills like coding will help them in the future.
«In the next six years, Rhode Island businesses will create thousands of computer
and math jobs,» Raimondo said. «Programs like ACE’s Bootstrap Summer Camp teach
our kids important computer science skills that will allow them to design their
own futures. CS4RI
will help equip every Rhode Island student with the skills they need to compete
for tomorrow’s jobs.»
In addition to the Bootstrap Summer Camp, 100 ACE students earned college credits
this past school year for successful completion of a Computer Science Concepts (CSC101)
course, developed in collaboration with the University of Rhode Island.
In March, Raimondo launched the CS4RI program, the state’s first comprehensive computer
science education initiative. The effort, in partnership with Microsoft TEALS,
Code.org, colleges and universities across Rhode Island, and others, seeks to help
every public school in Rhode Island teach computer science classes by December 2017.