CCE Named CSforALL Commitment Maker

December 9, 2020
Contact: Brock Turnipseed

Mississippi State University’s Center for Cyber Education (CCE) was recognized as one of 127 organizations dedicated to making a difference in advancing computer science education during CSforALL’s 2020 Commitments Showcase held virtually on Nov. 18.

A collaborative effort between C Spire, the Mississippi Department of Education, the state’s community colleges and the CCE will expand the pilot software development pathway program – a dual-credit, two year career and technical education offering – to more than 250 students by spring 2022. The pathway program began in the 2019-2020 school year as part of the Computer Science for Mississippi (CS4MS) initiative and currently serves 71 students in seven high schools and six community colleges.

The CCE was established at MSU’s Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU) in 2018, and both entities began implementing the CS4MS initiative in 2016 with the goal of bringing computer science instruction to all K-12 schools in the state. Specifically, the organizations develop curricula, train teachers and increase awareness and access to cyber education resources.

Because of CS4MS, computer science was implemented in 132 school districts and 1,600-plus teachers were trained to teach the curricula. Additionally, more than 65,000 Mississippi students have now taken a computer science course, K-12 standards and endorsements are in place for schools and teachers, and computer science now counts as a graduation credit because of the statewide initiative.

About the RCU
Founded in 1965, the RCU contributes to MSU’s mission as a land-grant institution to better the lives of Mississippians with a focus on improving education. In particular, the RCU benefits K-12 and higher education by developing curricula and assessments, providing training and learning opportunities for educators, researching and evaluating programs, supporting and promoting career and technical education, and leading education innovations. For more information about the RCU, visit rcu.msstate.edu or follow the organization on Facebook (facebook.com/rcumsu), Twitter (twitter.com/rcumsu) and Instagram (instagram.com/rcumsu).