One answer to the shortage of computer science workers and instructors may be getting both students and teachers up to speed earlier in the process. That's the idea behind a 10-year-old Microsoft program called TEALS, which is now in 34 Wisconsin schools. (Photo: Raimond Spekking / Wikimedia Commons)
See that phone in your hand? Someone wrote the code that lets you use it to post to Instagram or Twitter or tell a Snapchat story. Someone wrote the code that allows you to text or share photos or recipes.
Problem is, right now we don’t have enough of those someones.
In a widely cited statistic, there are expected to be 1.4 million computer science jobs open in the U.S. by 2020 but only 400,000 computer science grads with the skills to do them. In Wisconsin alone, there were recently 7,000 open computing jobs, according to Code.org, which advocates for more computer science training.
That yawning skills gap could mean fewer innovations down the road — or that the next big thing gets developed elsewhere. And it could mean millions of dollars of lost economic activity. >>more