N.J. provides $2 million to high schools to enhance computer science classes

David Madden
October 03, 2018 - 4:21 pm
Gov. Phil Murphy announces computer science education initiatives at Steinert High School in Hamilton Township on Oct. 3, 2018.

Edwin J. Torres/NJ Governor's Office via Flickr

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The Murphy administration has announced plans to provide $2 million in state grants for New Jersey high schools to establish or expand computer science classes.

Schools can apply for the grants this month, with the money distributed early next year. Gov. Phil Murphy spoke at Steinert High School in Hamilton Township to drive home the need for expanding STEM education.

“In 2015, which is the last year when we have data along these lines, Code.org reported that even though New Jersey had nearly 23,000 open jobs in computer science, we barely produced 1,100 home-grown computer science graduates to fill them,” he said.

There will also be changes within the New Jersey Department of Education to enhance instruction in educational technology, computer science and cyber security.

Murphy sees these moves as part of an overall plan he unveiled earlier this week to expand and modernize the state’s economic plan.