In recognition of National Computer Science Education Week, NVTC joined CodeVA and Starbucks in hosting a special reception on Dec. 7 at Starbucks Pentagon Row where technology professionals from NVTC member companies met with Arlington County computer science teachers to facilitate the exchange of ideas, develop new mentor relationships and promote collaborative opportunities to better prepare the region’s technology workforce pipeline.
Participating NVTC member companies included Consumer Technology Association (CTA), George Mason University, LiveSafe, Micron, Monster, Northern Virginia Community College, Robbins-Gioia and Telos.
NVTC is committed to building our computer science-literate workforce. Prior to 2014, fewer than 10 percent of schools in Virginia offered computer science, and fewer than one percent of students took a computer science class before graduating. NVTC supported state legislation initiated by CodeVA and Microsoft in 2016, which now requires that Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOLs) include computer science and computational thinking, including computer coding. Over the past two years, Arlington Public Schools has made great strides in adding computer science courses and content. Today, more than 600 students in Arlington are enrolled in computer science classes. Many of Arlington’s teachers are new to the subject and are seeking mentorship and support to develop a 21st Century workforce pipeline.