Governor visits Highland, Batesville on coding tour

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Governor Asa Hutchinson finished off his Spring coding tour in Northeast Arkansas Tuesday.

He visited both Highland High School and Batesville High School where he spoke at an assembly and toured computer science classes.

The governor's goal is to encourage students to take coding and computer science classes.

He noted that Highland's computer science enrollment increase by 71 students in just one year.

He was also impressed at Batesville because last year there was only one student taking an online computer science class, but now they have a devoted computer science teacher and their numbers are growing.

"I want to encourage students to take it because it means a job opportunity for them," Hutchinson said. "It's something that's great for the state of Arkansas because it will help us to bring more technology companies to this state. So, we don't mandate for students to have to take it, we just mandate it for the schools to offer it."

Hutchinson also said the students in those subjects learn skills that are applicable to all careers, though.

"I think they can see the future opportunities when they do this problem solving," he said. "That's what many students talk about, that they might be going into a different field but this ability to solve problems on the computer and through programming helps them in whatever they go into."

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