Grant to help Arizona high schools start computer science programs
PHOENIX — Arizona is joining other states in expanding access to computer science learning opportunities to schools.
Starting in August, high schools in Arizona will be able to apply for a grant worth up to $25,000 to develop a computer science program and train teachers. The grant is being offered through the Computer Science Professional Development Program.
“That’s really important since our students are truly living in a digital world using all the different kinds of programs and applications on their phones and computers,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. “We want to make sure that our students are ready for the modern-day workplace.”
All high schools are eligible to apply for the grant. Priority will be given to schools in rural communities and those with at least 60 percent of students enrolled in free or reduced lunch.
The grant was created through legislation approved during this year’s legislative session.
Arizona is one of 33 states that have passed legislation to expand access to computer science education so far this year, according to the nonprofit Code.org.