State Commission on Computer Science seeks Ohio ideas to make Ohio a national leader in computer science education | local news

COLUMBUS – Ohio’s most recent budget contains language that called for the creation of the state’s first-ever computer science commission. That group, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and the Ohio Department of Education, held its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, and its leaders are calling on Ohioans to help answer one key question:

What does it take for Ohio to become a national leader in computer science education?

“The state committee on computer science has 26 members from across the state, from Selina to Cincinnati, and from Athens to Columbus and Cleveland,” said Mike Duffy, ODHE’s senior vice chancellor and committee chair. “We are asking Ohioans interested in computer science to answer this question and send two or three ideas to the committee. We want to give a voice to all Ohioans regarding computer science and the impact it can have on Ohio’s future economic competitiveness. We know that there are many From voices in industry, education and Ohio families have ideas to suggest.”

Ohioans interested in submitting ideas to the State Computer Science Commission are requested to email them by December 2, 2021 to computercience@education.ohio.gov. It will be compiled and shared with the Committee at its next meeting on December 15, 2021. The Committee will accept ideas on a rolling basis for future meetings as well.

“One of the keys to the success of this committee will be how well we can build on the computer science skills, talent, and knowledge base that Ohio already has,” said John Wiseman, education program specialist for the Ohio Department of Education. “Fortunately, there are amazing things happening across the state in the field of computer science and we hope to be able to use this foundation as a springboard to position Ohioans as leaders in this field of study in the future.”

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