By 2018, 1.1 million Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) jobs will need to be filled in California, nearly half of which will be computing related. With Computer Science becoming increasingly important in many industries, one California lawmaker is trying to help high school students better prepare for their future success.
Democratic California State Senator, Alex Padilla, recently introduced Senate Bill 1200 which would allow high school Computer Science courses to satisfy certain Math requirements at the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU). The bill also calls on UC and CSU to create guidelines for high school computing courses that fulfill the mathematics subject area requirements for undergraduate admission.
If signed by Governor Jerry Brown, this bill would help “build upon fundamental mathematics content provided in courses that align with the academic content standards developed by the commission.”
Senator Padilla told a local radio station that “California is failing to prepare its students for a job market that will need to fill hundreds of thousands of computing-related jobs in the next five years.” For example, only 1 of 1,300 high schools in California currently offers an approved computer science course. All other computing classes are electives. Since many jobs require some amount of computer science knowledge, this bill seeks to align educational requirements with today’s workforce needs.
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