TVA Donation Provides Computer Science Resources

TVA Donation Provides Computer Science Resources

November 15, 2018
Contact: Carl Smith

A $2,500 donation by the Tennessee Valley Authority will provide computer science resources for some North Mississippi teachers.

Officials with the Lee County School District, local politicians, and TVA representatives gathered at Saltillo High School Tuesday [Nov. 13] to accept the donation and discuss the need for Mississippi to produce more computer science graduates.

“Industry partnership is so vital to our educational programs. We are striving to help develop our students' skills for their future careers,” said SHS secondary curriculum coordinator Leigh Anne Newton. “With the help from industries, we can offer deeper learning opportunities that benefit both the student and the industry, especially in fields that are expanding at such a rapid pace, such as computer science.”

Although an estimated 1,300 computer science-related jobs are currently available in Mississippi, the state only averages 155 computer science graduates per year.

The Mississippi Department of Education, in partnership with the Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit, is bolstering statewide computer science education through the Computer Science for Mississippi pilot program. The pilot will establish a pipeline of curricula and instructors for all Mississippi schools by the 2023-2024 academic year. Approximately 75 school districts have participated in the pilot.

Additionally, the recently founded the RCU Center for Cyber Education announced its first major initiative, the C Spire Software Development Pathway. This joint effort aims to produce 93 percent more Mississippi graduates qualified for entry-level software development jobs.

TVA, RCU, and Saltillo educators, students, and officials pose with a check representing TVA's $2,500 donation to provide computer science resources to several North Mississippi schools.Left to right: Tennessee Valley Authority government relations manager Amy Tate, Saltillo High School principal Tim DeVaughn, SHS teacher Jason Pannell, state Sen. Chad McMahan, Research and Curriculum Unit Cyber Center for Education assistant director Shelly Hollis, SHS senior Ethan Benefield, TVA government relations director Bert Robinson, SHS secondary curriculum coordinator Leigh Anne Newton, Saltillo Mayor Rex Smith and state Rep. Jerry R. Turner pose as school officials accept a $2,500 donation for computer science resources from TVA Tuesday [Nov. 13] at SHS.

Left to right: State Sen. Chad McMahan, Saltillo High School teacher Jason Pannell and Research and Curriculum Unit Cyber Center for Education Assistant Director Shelly Hollis discuss the need for Mississippi to produce more computer science graduates Monday [Nov. 12] at SHS.
Left to right: State Sen. Chad McMahan, Saltillo High School teacher Jason Pannell and Research and Curriculum Unit Cyber Center for Education assistant director Shelly Hollis discuss the need for Mississippi to produce more computer science graduates Tuesday [Nov. 13] at SHS.