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Governor Hutchinson visits Nettleton High School on computer coding tour

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson spent part of his day in Region 8 Monday.

Monday afternoon, Governor Hutchinson stopped by Nettleton High School on part of his computer coding tour.

Governor Hutchinson made a big push for computer science curriculum to be offered statewide.

During his stop at Nettleton High School, he saw just how that initiative has helped Arkansas students.

"It's really exciting to see their enthusiasm and what they want to do," Hutchinson said.

Governor Hutchinson said he's thrilled that the largest increase in computer coding students comes from minorities and females.

"They get to help shape the future as well," Hutchinson said. "Somebody might be inspired to take it because they want to go into the medical field and computer programming. Someone else wants to write computer games and software packages for video games. That's all the future... but it's also problem solving."

Hutchinson said talking with students at Nettleton High School inspires him to do more.

“You want to stay ahead of the curve as technology continues to increase, as the opportunities in Arkansas for really good paying jobs in the computer arena. We need to have continued job skill training for the knowledge based industries.”
Earlier in the day, Hutchinson visited the NEA Career and Technical Center at Jonesboro High School.

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