For immediate release: June 20, 2016
Contact: Anne Hierholzer
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Computer Science for Mississippi (CS4MS) pilot program is kicking off its first round of teacher training this summer at sites across Mississippi. Sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), in partnership with the RCU, CS4MS aims to equip students with the computer science skills necessary to enter the high-tech workforce.
Elementary and high school educators from 38 participating school districts across Mississippi will learn how to teach the new computer science curricula. Teachers will receive hands-on training, take part in robotics demonstrations, and practice coding and problem-solving exercises to take back to their classrooms in the fall.
Curriculum specialists and facilitators from the MDE and the RCU will conduct teacher training at the following sites:
- June 20-24: Rankin County Central Office, 1220 Apple Park Place, Brandon, MS 39042
- June 27-July 1: Lee County Central Office, 1280 College View Drive, Tupelo, MS 38804
- July 12-13: Lee County Central Office, 1280 College View Drive, Tupelo, MS 38804
- July 13-14: Guntown Middle School (Lee County), 1539 Main Street, Guntown, MS 38849
- July 14-15: Rankin County Central Office, 1220 Apple Park Place, Brandon, MS 39042
- Oak Grove Upper Elementary (Lamar County), 1760 Old Highway 24, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
- Harrison County Central Office, 11072 Highway 49, Gulfport, MS 39503
- Ocean Springs Upper Elementary, 2320 Government Street, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Computer science is a high-demand field that currently has more job openings than workers qualified to fill those positions. The MDE hopes that by teaching computer science skills in the K-12 years, students will be better positioned to build careers in computer science and related technology fields.
For more information on CS4MS, visit
cs4ms.org or contact Shelly Hollis, project manager at the RCU, at 662-325-6313 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the RCU and its work to support public education in Mississippi, visit