Rep. Jason Saine and Superintendent Mark Johnson Encourage Coding in K-12 Schools

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina House Representative Jason Saine (R-Lincoln) joined state Superintendent Mark Johnson at a technology event in the General Assembly this week to encourage K-12 public school instruction in computer coding and robotics.

Rep. Saine is Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Information Technology and hosted the seminar so legislators and staff could receive instruction from experts.

Superintendent Mark Johnson said the event reminded legislators and staff of technology’s importance for students to be successful in the future.

“We must provide a more seamless connection for our students between K-12 and careers,” said Superintendent Mark Johnson.  “This is a step in the right direction.” 

Representative Jason Saine released a statement:

“North Carolina will be the first state in the country with every school connected to the Internet. Along with a robust digital learning plan being implemented across the state we have a unique opportunity to prepare the workforce of the new economy.

“There are over 17,000 unfilled jobs in North Carolina that require coding, and with only 1200 students set to graduate this year with that training we have a lot of work to do to bridge that gap.

“The hands on experience of coding and ability to see its real world applications was a tremendous opportunity.  We are working to better equip North Carolina’s students for successful lives after graduation.”