The commitment will help fund the implementation of classroom computer science programs, including teacher training and updated curricula, in school districts across the state. While workers with a background in computer science are in high demand and short supply in Mississippi — with nearly fifteen hundred positions unfilled due to the shortage of qualified IT and computing workers — only 48 percent of the state's high schools teach computer science. C Spire has worked with state lawmakers to refine legislation that would enable all Mississippi schools to provide computer science training by the 2024-25 academic year.
"Now more than ever, we need to be equipping all of our children to master the digital tools of the twenty-first century and providing them with educational opportunities to hone their knowledge and skills on the building blocks of meaningful and relevant learning that will form the foundation of our state’s economic future," said C Spire president and CEO Hu Meena. "Lawmakers, students, teachers, parents, and business leaders really understand and embrace the importance of this moment for our children and our state's future."