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As noted in a recent White House press release, there are half a million unfilled technology jobs in the United States today, and that number is projected to more than double within the next 4 years. These jobs pay 50 percent more than the average private-sector job. One recent analysis of 26 million job postings found that nearly half of all the jobs in the top quartile in pay require some computer-science (CS) knowledge or coding skills.

The Virtual High School has joined the non-profit CSforAll Consortium whose goal is to expand access to computer science education for all students and help them qualify for today’s workforce by developing interest in CS-related college majors and careers. The Consortium provides central access to computer science education providers, schools, funders and researchers. 

VHS is also pleased to announce a new computing certificate program. The Virtual High School’s new program was announced in the White House Fact Sheet highlighting actions in support of the #CSForAll initiative. The program complements other VHS computer science initiatives such as the fall 2016 launch of AP® Computer Science Principles. Students who complete three VHS CS courses will receive a certificate in computing and will be paired with a mentor in the CS industry who can help them discuss and plan for careers in computer science.

2016-2017 Computer Science Courses

Available for Spring 2017:

Computational Science and Engineering Using Java
Computer Science
Creative Programing with Scratch
Programming in Visual Basic
Video Game Design Using GameMaker
Web Design

Full-Year Courses (Next Enrollment Fall 2017):

AP® Computer Science A
AP® Computer Science Principles

Summer Session Course (Available Summer 2017):

Video Game Design Using GameMaker

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