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Virginia Schools Steer Students to Computer Science Careers


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School districts in Virginia are starting to offer high school students dual-enrollment computer science courses that count as credit at local community colleges.

Credit: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post

Virginia school districts are starting to offer high school students dual-enrollment computer science (CS) courses that count as credit at local community colleges, in an effort to boost their prospects for careers in the field.

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is the first district to offer the courses, which allow students to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate's CS degree.

The program includes four online courses, which Blacksburg High School teacher Jay Mathis said allows students at all MCPS high schools to participate.

Montgomery County School Board chair Gunin Kiran is confident the CS program will make students employable in a profession that has high demand for talent and pays very well.

From U.S. News & World Report
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