PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today signed SB 1505, providing $500,000 in funding to continue the Native American Code Writers Initiative Pilot Program. The program will expand opportunities for Native American high school students to learn computer coding skills and provide internship opportunities with industry partners, helping students develop their skills and identify future employment opportunities. The program will be administered through a collaboration between the Arizona Department of Education and the Native American Indian Advisory Council.
“Promoting technology-focused education helps students excel inside and outside of the classroom. The Native American Code Writers Initiative will help increase student engagement and ensure that today’s graduates are equipped for the opportunities of tomorrow’s economy,” said Governor Ducey. “I want to thank Senator Steve Smith for sponsoring and passing this law.”
Governor Ducey also expanded computer science education by allocating $1 million in the recently signed budget for K-12 computer science professional development program.