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Funding goes to teach students coding, app development skills

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By Andrew Giermak | Jan 23, 2020

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RALEIGH – State grants totaling $800,000 are going to 15 schools and school districts across North Carolina for the three-year-old Coding and Mobile App Development Grant Program this school year.

The program promotes partnerships between local businesses and schools, specifically middle- and high-school students in the fields of computer science, coding and mobile app development. 

North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson said the partnerships give students a pathway to gain high-demand skills. 

“The focus is on empowering students to create and contribute – not just use and consume – in the digital economy and to actively engage as informed citizens in our complex, technology-driven world,” Johnson said. 

Some districts and schools are entering the program with this year’s funding. Other districts and schools are building on existing programs. Grant money helps provide development for teachers, additional courses and summer camp opportunities. Grants ranged from $7,300-$80,000.

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