Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow: COVID-19 and Computer Science Education

Cody Allen

During the past year, pandemic-related disruptions have upended traditional learning and business operations leading to a virtual shift for students and workers across the country. Despite this, only 47 percent of high schools nationally offer computer science courses, leaving many students unprepared for this new environment. According to a 2020 report from the Advocacy Group, a nationwide computer science education alliance, only five states in the nation and one in the South – Arkansas – have implemented all of the recommended policy frameworks to establish computer science as a fundamental part of the K-12 education system. This program examines the state of computer science education and training in the South and discusses how policymakers can best prepare students for an increasingly technology-dependent future.


Anthony Owen, Director, Computer Science Education, Department of Education, Arkansas Amy Roberts, Director, State Government Affairs,, Minnesota View the full program recording