More than two-thirds of all
new jobs in science, technology, engineering and math will be computing
occupations by 2022, according to Code.org, a national non-profit organization
focused on increasing access to computer science education in schools.
McNeese State University is partnering
with Code.org to serve as Louisiana’s only Code.org regional partner. This
collaboration will promote computer science education to K-12 students – and
their teachers – throughout Southwest Louisiana and around the state, according
to Dr. Catherine Anderson, assistant professor of computer science and the
McNeese-Code.org regional partner program manager.
Through the partnership, McNeese
hosted a recent one-day workshop at the Calcasieu Parish Technology Training Center
to provide quality professional development in computer science education for
over 60 elementary teachers from 35 different schools from nine parishes –
including Orleans Parish.
“Participants learned how to teach computer
science to elementary children using the Code.org curriculum, which features effective
hands-on approaches in the classroom,” she said. Code.org provided the funding
for the training workshop.
Anderson says that McNeese joins
a nationwide network of regional partners that provides high-quality
professional development to K-12 educators through local school district
collaborations and works to build local communities of computer science
This summer, McNeese will
offer two five-day workshops to train middle school and high school teachers
and spots are still available. For more information, contact Anderson at
337-475-5800 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The goal of our
partnership with Code.org is to establish McNeese as a regional hub for K-12
computer science in Louisiana,” said Anderson. “Technology is changing the
workplace and we are committed to preparing the next generation for careers in