Computer Science for AlabamaStrong Start, Strong Finish Education Initiative
Computer Science for Alabama (CS4AL)
- Governor Ivey established the Governor’s Advisory Council for Computer Science Education. The council is made up of educators, business and industry representatives, and government leaders. The council has made the following recommendations: (1) Create high-quality academic K-12 computer science standards to guide implementation of courses; (2) Allocate funding to enable all schools to offer CS through professional development of teachers.
- Governor Ivey secured funding from the Legislature for computer science professional development for middle and high school teachers. This will allow more of Alabama’s STEM teachers to be trained to provide rigorous elementary, middle and high school computer science instruction through courses such as Exploring Computer Science and CS Principles.
Governor’s Advisory Council for Excellence in STEM (ACES)
- Alabama is a STEM-rich state. We are home to a burgeoning bio-tech hub between Birmingham and Huntsville, which is leading the way nationally in aerospace, cybersecurity, biomedicine and advanced manufacturing.
- Thirty-four of Alabama’s 40 Hot Demand Occupations require secondary and postsecondary STEM education. Between 2017 and 2027, STEM jobs will grow by 9 percent in Alabama, while non-STEM jobs will only grow by 5 percent. Furthermore, the median wage for STEM jobs in Alabama is $35 per hour, while the median for non-STEM jobs is $17 per hour.
- Labor market projections indicate a growing gap in the supply of qualified employees for middle skills jobs—those that require training beyond high school but less than a four-year degree. Shortfalls are expected to be particularly acute in STEM fields, such as computer technology, nursing and advanced manufacturing.
- Governor Ivey established the Governor’s Advisory Council for Excellence in STEM (Governor’s Aces) to focus on five priorities: (1) STEM Exploration and Discovery (2) Numeracy and STEM Fluency (3) Enhancing the STEM Educator Pipeline (4) Developing an Education-to-Workforce Pipeline for In-Demand STEM Careers (5) Fostering Diversity in STEM Education and Careers.
- The Governor’s ACES will develop and deliver to Governor Ivey a report, no later than June 30, 2018, detailing a comprehensive plan to implement the Governor’s ACES five absolute priorities and the strategies and goals accompanying each of the absolute priorities.