National Computer Science Education Week


WHEREAS, Computer Science is one of Virginia’s highest growth industry sectors targeted in the Virginia New Economy Plan; and

WHEREAS, to build a workforce equipped for the New Virginia Economy, we must prepare citizens for the needs of an increasingly diverse business climate by giving them the skills and credentials that are needed in a high demand technology business; and

WHEREAS, in 2014, more than 757 schools around the Commonwealth participated in the Hour of Code; and

WHEREAS, all children in the Commonwealth should have the opportunity to experience coding for educational and personal growth; and

WHEREAS, participating in the Hour of Code is an excellent way to prove to every Virginia parent, teacher, and child that “Anyone can code”; and

WHEREAS, exposure to coding and critical thinking, algorithmic thinking, and critical problem-solving skills that are the foundation of Computer Science, can help individuals reevaluate the way they think and operate; and

WHEREAS, Computer Science and coding are basic literacy skills for many modern career fields in areas as diverse as banking, retail, and advanced manufacturing; and

WHEREAS, more than 70 percent of New Economy jobs in fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math require Computer Science and coding as requisite skills necessary to employment; and

WHEREAS, more Virginia students, especially females and minorities, will learn about the computer science field during Computer Science Education Week; and

WHEREAS, adding the voices of women and minorities to conversations and innovation in Computer Science fields will make for a stronger, more creative and more innovative Virginia Economy; and

WHEREAS, Virginia will continue to be a leader in computer science through commitment to early and comprehensive education, as well as through business growth, entrepreneurship and innovation; and

WHEREAS, Virginia has the second highest concentration of technology workers in the country, with nearly 1 in 10 works in the technology field; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s Information Technology industry has a direct economic output of $41.3 billion and supports 33.4 billion in additional economic output in Virginia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize December 7-13, 2015, as NATIONAL COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.