Computer Science Important in School District 2 Curriculum

From computer coding to web design and after-school programs, computer science is a big part of the curriculum at all grade levels in Sheridan County School District 2.

That was the message from Assistant School Superintendent Mitch Craft and two employees of Sheridan College in a joint meeting of college and school district trustees recently.

Craft said the school district believes computer science will be an essential skill, and he said the collaboration between the school district and the college is a joint mission.

He said the district believes computer science will be a major leg-up for students.

Joining Craft in the conversation about computer science were Abby Hurley, Sheridan College youth outreach science coordinator, and Anne Gunn, Sheridan college computer science instructor and the liaison between the college and school district.

Craft said the computer science initiative began for School District 2 in 2015/16 when the first grant from Whitney Benefits allowed the district to upgrade computer courses. He said the district rolled out a number of new courses the following year.

Since then, the district has provided computer science training for teachers as well as students.

Hurley and Gunn talked about programs being taught at all levels from kindergarten through high school.

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