Careers in science and technology will continue to grow in importance over the next decade. In fact, the U.S Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration predicts that STEM occupations will grow by 17 percent from 2008 through 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. Yet, we are falling behind other countries when we look at who is earning degrees in science and engineering fields. According to The National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Engineering Indicators 2012, foreign students earned over 50% of all computer science degrees, yet represented only 5% of the college population. Add to that, the number of women earning STEM degrees has declined over the past 10 years. Why the decline and/or lack of students? Maybe it’s a lack of opportunity to learn!
Not everyone will work in a STEM field; but learning to code, just like learning a foreign language, engages different parts of the brain that further develops critical thinking and problem solving skills, essential to any successful career. And honestly – it’s fun! Learning how to manipulate a computer, making an application instead of just buying it, is priceless. We also realize the importance of learning in a group setting, where our students learn collaboratively as opposed to alone at their computer. Come for a visit and observe our classes in action. Our instructors include college students and career computer programmers, and are passionate about teaching our students to code.
We look forward to seeing you – happy coding!
Pat Cassell and Karen Heater