The Cherokee County School District is one of 17 school systems slated to receive state funds to help build teacher capacity around computer science education.

CCSD will receive $25,000 of $279,000 in grant funding from the Georgia Department of Education being distributed to local school districts, school district spokesperson Barbara Jacoby said.

According to the state education department, the largest challenge for school districts in building computer science is building teaching capacity, though that capacity is expanding. There are currently 615 credentialed CS teachers and just under 1,000 middle and high schools in Georgia. That’s up from 403 teachers in 2020 and 250 in 2019.

The grant provides funding for teachers to participate in professional learning opportunities, including credential programs, to help mitigate the remaining gap.

“We must continue preparing our children for the jobs and opportunities they’ll encounter in the future – not just for the economy of today,” Superintendent Richard Woods said in a statement. “These CS Capacity Grants help school systems build a pipeline of qualified computer science teachers within their district to ensure children are prepared with the technical skills – and the experience in problem-solving and real-world thinking – that will serve them well in any career they choose.”

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