Advancing Computer Science Education in Connecticut

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Why CSforCT?

Connecticut students must be prepared for all college and career opportunities, including those that are the most modern and forward-facing.

Those that are grounded in computer science (CS).

The demand for a Connecticut workforce fluent in computer science has never been more pressing. Right now, there are over 7,000 computing jobs in the state, and computing occupations are the #1 source of all new wages in the U.S. Unlike many other professional fields, projections for computer-related career opportunities are encouraging (at over 12% growth through 2026).

The time is right for Connecticut to seize the present and prepare for the future in ways that can simultaneously address the talent needs of the state’s employers together with the college and career opportunities of its students.

The CSforCT effort will do just that, led by the CSforCT Steering Committee.

Download CT Department of Education Computer Science Plan

A March 17, 2021 Letter

As an outgrowth of the CSforCT effort, major Connecticut employers and other key stakeholders joined in a letter, urging Connecticut lawmakers to prioritize CS education. Leadership from Infosys, Sikorsky, Stanley Black & Decker, and Travelers signed on.

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Support K-12 Computer Science Education in Connecticut

For an overview of CS education efforts and opportunities in the state, and for ideas on what you can do to advance CS education in Connecticut, click below:
(data provided by Code.org)

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The CSforCT Steering Committee

The Charge: The CSforCT Steering Committee will coordinate statewide CS education efforts and implementation of the Connecticut Computer Science Plan approved by the State Board of Education in June 2020.

These efforts are designed to ensure equity and include focusing on:

  • Professional learning
  • Career exploration
  • Technical training
  • Advocacy and policy
  • Resource identification/acquisition

Through coordination of related initiatives, the CSforCT Steering Committee will work to broaden access to and participation in CS education so that Connecticut’s workforce needs can be met and students can leverage exciting college/career opportunities right here in Connecticut.

The CSforCT Steering Committee

  • Victor Black
    Executive Director of Secondary Education & Magnet Schools, Bridgeport Public Schools 
  • Paul Brenton
    Superintendent, Plainfield Public Schools
  • Nisreen Cain
    UXE Lead, Google, Inc.  
  • Kiley Flynn
    School Counselor, Griswold Public Schools; representative, Connecticut School Counselor Association 
  • Melissa Hickey
    Director, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Barbara Johnson
    Librarian, Colchester Public Schools; representative, Connecticut Association of School Librarians
  • Robert Kane
    Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, U.S. Public Services at Tata Consultancy Services
  • Shannon Marimón
    Executive Director, ReadyCT
  • Jennifer Michalek
    Education Consultant, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Bobby Myrick
    Director of Information Technology, Lockheed Martin 
  • Richard Reynolds
    Director, WorkspaceCT; representative, Regional Educational Service Center Alliance
  • Darcy Ronan
    Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, Sacred Heart University
  • Norm Sondheimer
    Policy Advocate, Connecticut Computer Science Teachers Association
  • Hal Swope
    Chief Information Officer, Travelers, Bond and Specialty Insurance
  • Christopher Todd
    Executive Director, Office of Early College Programs, University of Connecticut
  • Winnie Yu Ng
    Professor of Computer Science, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Kelli Vallieres
    Executive Director, Workforce Development Unit, Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development