Posted: Sep 15, 2013 5:27 PM by Jamie Leary - MTN News
A statewide advocacy board announces a brand new program aimed at Montana high school students, helping them to secure high paying jobs.
The program is called CodeMontana, an online program that teaches high school students the basics of computer software development.
CodeMontana is open to all high school students and there is no entrance fee. According to code.org, Computer Science degrees result in the highest paid jobs but only a small percentage - 2.4 percent- of college students graduate in the field and that number is dropping.
"We are just not graduating enough computer scientists in Montana," Greg Gianforte, CodeMontana co-founder, said. "Montana State University and University of Montana combined graduated just 37 students in computer science this past spring for an estimated 400 available jobs statewide. Starting salaries for computer science graduates in Montana range from $45,000 to $85,000. That is a great Montana wage."
With Code Montana, the hope is to revamp an interest in computer science. Participants will have a chance to compete for $10,000 worth of prizes while learning how to program.
If you're interested in signing up or want to find out more on the program, visit this website.