Celebrating Computer Science Week

Despite growing demand for jobs in the field, computer science remains marginalized throughout the US K-12 education system. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Science Foundation, by 2020, there will be one million more jobs than students entering the coding and computer science fields. California is one of 17 states that still does not require all high schools to offer computer science courses towards graduation.

For these reasons, JA kicked off Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-8) by putting tech experts inside classrooms. One of the highlights was partnering with The Control Group to teach Hour of Code to 70 students from Hoover Academy of Information Technology (AOIT).


“I am grateful for the opportunity to learn that coding is fun and creative, and anyone can do it,” said 17 year old, Anthony Godoy, a student at Hoover High, who participated in the Hour of Code. 

Students from Coronado High also had fun learning how to program a flying drone inside their classroom with a little help from our partner, Kristen Koeblin at Robolink. Students at Morse and Hoover also learned about the high-demand careers in the data science field and how to code thanks to special guests, Dr. Leo Porter from UCSD and Rick Worthen from AeroEd Group

“The need for these high-tech skills is critical to the San Diego workforce and we are so thankful to The Control Group, Kristen Koeblin at Robolink, Dr. Leo Porter from UCSD and Rick Worthen from AeroEd Group and One San Diego One Skills for Success Consortium for giving us the unique opportunity to teach digital literacy to our kids,” said Ashley Packard, Work-Based Learning Manager at JA of San Diego County. 

These interactive educational events are a part of the JA Job Shadow initiative. The program strives to inform, inspire, and prepare students to be successful in their future professional pursuits by giving them the opportunity to learn firsthand from working professionals. If you would like more information on how your company can connect with young adults please contact Ashley Packard at

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