(L-R) Star City Director of Student Services Nathan White, Superintendent Jon Laffoon, High School Asst. Principal Jordan Frizzell, Star City Director of Federal Programs and Accountability Emilee Dutton, Governor Asa Hutchinson, High School Principal Mike Walker, Star City Mayor Paul Carter, JBE Principal Jacob Lanehart, JBE Principal Wendy James, Star City LEA Supervisor Jeri Farabough.
Governor Asa Hutchinson addressed the Star City High School student body, faculty and community members at an assembly Tuesday, September 13, to promote computer coding in the state. It is part of an initiative in which he has traveled the state and spoken at several schools.
“Arkansas is leading the nation in comprehensive computer science education,” Gov. Hutchinson stated. He added that there will be a need for computer coding experts to fill 1 million jobs in industry using technology. He stated that computer coding is needed in agriculture, security, manufacturing, and just about all walks of life.
As part of his initiative, Gov. Hutchinson said that he mandated computer coding classes to be taught in high schools in Arkansas and is also helping to fund training teachers for the classes. Some schools offer these classes on line because there is not a qualified teacher; however, Star City offers actual classes. Gov. Hutchinson toured the school and the computer science classes before his speech.
Also addressing the students was a 1997 graduate of Star City High Anthony Owen who is the State Coordinator of the Computer Science Education Department. He announced that the Governor’s All Region Coding competition will be held November 7 with money awards to the team winners and the school. Regional winners will go on to the state level.