Santa Barbara High’s Computer Science Academy announced the formation of its founding visioning committee. Created to help align the Academy’s computer science curriculum and experiential programming with industry trends and student needs, the SBHSCSA Visioning Committee comprises corporate and academic leaders in the fields of computer programming, application development, information technology services, information security, entrepreneurship and corporate finance. The committee will assist Academy Director Richard Johnston with long-range strategic planning, curriculum development and selective fundraising, primarily led by the Computer Science Academy’s Foundation Board.
The Academy’s mission is to expose a diverse range of students to computer science and computer-related careers through engaging courses, extracurricular activities and outreach events, so graduates will have the computer skills to seek broad opportunities for post-secondary education as members of the 21st Century workforce.
“This year, we have expanded our program to include specialized clubs, including robotics, security/hacking, Girls Who Code, and game development. We have also expanded experiential opportunities through job shadowing and paid internships at area companies. Underwriting for such programs will come from grants and other parent-led fundraising,” Johnston said.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of software developers is projected to grow at a pace of more than two and a half times that of all other occupations (projections 2014-2024) due to the overall demand and growing applications for computer software. Median pay for application developers is also nearly three times that of all other occupations, or over $100,000. Knowledge of programming and computer science can lead to a variety of careers in technical, management and entrepreneurial arenas.