Arkansas Governor urges students to learn computer coding

Hutchinson: Arkansas on cutting edge in computer science education

TEXARKANA, Ar - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson visited Texarkana Thursday morning to encourage North Heights Junior High students to sign up for computer coding classes.

Hutchinson says the state leads the nation in computer science education.  "We want to be able to grow our economy and technology companies and you might be the start of that," he told a gathering of students.  He went on to say that whatever careers the students choose, they're better off with the capability of coding. "It gives these students an opportunity to have high paying jobs that really is unique to the computer science field.  Starting wage is about sixty thousand dollars and demand is probably one million unfilled jobs in the next three to four years across the United States."  

Hutchinson said across the state, more than six-thousand kids are now learning the language of computers.  He added that it's a skill that would allow them to live wherever they like.  "That's what's beautiful about computer coding, you can be on your front porch in Fouke, Arkansas and run the world." 


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