State officials highlight STEM education

Courtesy: WVDE

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- State leaders were celebrating a science, technology, engineering and math initiative that teaches the importance of computer, math and science skills.

On Tuesday, Governor Jim Justice's Chief of Staff presented a proclamation declaring this week as Computer Science Education Week throughout the Mountain State.

The international program is designed to increase awareness among West Virginia students about job opportunities available in the computer science sector and advance stem initiatives and programs in our schools.

Throughout the week, a number of students will participate in Hour of Code, which is an introduction to computer science information.

“We know the jobs of the future in West Virginia are going to require STEM skill sets,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine in a press release. “West Virginia leaders are working to strengthen the state’s economy by attracting new industry to the state, especially within the STEM field, and we must do our part to ensure our students are prepared to meet those future workforce needs.”

Paine joined Marshall University President, Jerome Gilbert to sign a partnership agreement symbolizing the collaborative work between the WVDE and Marshall University to promote STEM education in West Virginia.