Teaching Computer Coding is About the Future

Mitch Craft, center. At right is School District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Mitch Craft, center. At right is School District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Teaching computer coding is about the future of Wyoming's economy.

That's according to Mitch Craft, an assistant superintendent with Sheridan County School District 2, who was one of the presenters in a program Friday at Sheridan College and Sheridan High School.

The Computer Science Initiative, a joint effort of School District 2 and Sheridan College, as well as a presentation on improving Wyoming education and District 2's upcoming principal academy, were the focus of a day-long series of meetings Friday that involved District 2 and college personnel, the president of the Wyoming Business Alliance and, at one point, State Treasurer Mark Gordon, among others.

Tony Wendtland, a School District 2 trustee, said the meeting, called Wyoming Excels, came about after members of the Wyoming Business Alliance expressed an interest in the Computer Science Initiative.

Craft said the program, which started two years ago, has been a team effort and wouldn't be possible without the support of Sheridan College. He said there's also private support for the program. He said the program has two goals.

Sheridan College President Dr. Paul Young said, with regard to Craft's comment about training people for jobs that don't yet exist, if you teach people the right skills, they'll be able to adapt to whatever happens.

Craft said classes and after-school programs are available at all levels from elementary through high school, and the high school also has a computer programming club.

Craft said Sheridan High School was the only high school in Wyoming last year to offer a course in advanced placement computer science principles.

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School District 2 Trustee Tony Wendtland. (Photo by Pat Blair)
School District 2 Trustee Tony Wendtland. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Wyoming Excels attendees included Cindy DeLancey, president of the Wyoming Business Alliance. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Wyoming Excels attendees included Cindy DeLancey, president of the Wyoming Business Alliance. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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