Computer science booming in Alabama

By Associated Engineering Press

Alabama is leading the nation in bringing computer science courses to the classroom.  In fact, teachers are going back to school to learn how to instruct students in computer science. This is the third year for computer science training for teachers at the University of Alabama campus. 22 new schools are part of the training.  These teachers know computer science is a fast growing industry, especially in Alabama.

Nidia Fernandez-Lee teaches at Shades Valley High School in Jefferson County. This will be her first year teaching computer science.  “I have no previous computer programming background,” she says. “This year, I am teaching a class that Alabama is offering called CS principles or computer science principles, which will soon become an (advanced placement) class.”

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 150 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.

Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Posted on: June 24, 2015    /    Posted in:   Computer Science, Faculty and Staff, In The News, Outreach    /    Features: