NJ grants for more computer science classes in high schools

David Madden
February 03, 2019 - 4:00 am
Gateway Regional High School

Photo courtesy of Dr. Amy Mount

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BELLEVILLE, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- New Jersey is pumping state money into computer science education across the state. 
    
Gov. Phil Murphy has been all about prompting STEM education, and he traveled to Belleville High in Essex County to make his latest down payment on that effort.
    
“29 school districts are being awarded these grants,” the governor said. “It’s a total of $2 million and it will cover 900 seats in the school year beginning this fall.”
    
Up to 44 districts applied for the grants, which are included in this year’s budget under the governor’s “Computer Science For All” initiative. 
    
“An essential part of this initiative is growing the number of schools that offer their students an advanced computer science course so they can earn college credits and industry credentials,” Murphy added.
    
Not to mention offer colleges and businesses a more diverse pool of candidates.
    
One of the schools on the approved list is Gateway Regional High School in Deptford, which is getting $92,000.
    
“We’re looking at offering AP Computer Science A for about 20 students and an Introduction to Computer Science course. We’re hoping to have 20 or more students in that,” Curriculum Director Dr. Amy Mount told KYW Newsradio. “We’re also looking at a middle school coding cycle class, which will address all of our middle school students as they rotate through our elective cycles.”
    
Two schools down the shore, Greater Egg Harbor Regional in Mays Landing and Ocean City High School, are also getting grants.