National Computer Science 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 2016, approximately 100 million students participated in the Hour of Code; and

WHEREAS, during the 2016 session, computer science was added to the Virginia SOL curriculum, reflecting its vital importance to a well-rounded education; and

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

WHEREAS, Virginia will continue to be a leader in computer science 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 working in the technology field; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s Information Technology industry has a direct economic output of $47.3 billion and supports $37.5 billion in additional economic output in Virginia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize December 5-11, 2016, as NATIONAL COMPUTER SCIENCE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.