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Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Jim Yovino today announced a partnership that will train teachers in computer science. Photo contributed

published on December 7, 2017 - 4:44 PM
Written by Donald A. Promnitz

Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Jim A. Yovino has announced his partnership with Code.org in order to advance computer science education. The announcement was made at Bitwise Industries during an “Hour of Code” event.

Code.org is a nonprofit that aims at promoting computer science education in schools across the country. Yovino reached out earlier this year to be a regional partner.

The partnership means that Code.org will fund computer science training of teachers and facilitators in Fresno County with the hope of continuing the growth of computer science students. They also hope to integrate computers into other subjects.

One school to attend the Hour of Code event and hear the announcement was Washington Academic Middle School in Sanger. Michelle Carr, Washington’s vice principal, said that it has supported Hour of Code from the beginning and is optimistic with the Code.org partnership.

“Well, we’re excited because they’re partnering with us to have our teacher trained in the computer science curriculum that Code.org is offering,” Carr said. “We’re looking forward to having some high-quality curriculum in addition to coding because computer science is so much more, so kids are going to be able to build apps and be able to present themselves.”

The Hour of Code is an hour-long event to help introduce computer science and the basics of coding.


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