PEA RIDGE, Ark. (KNWA) - Governor Asa Hutchinson made a stop in Northwest Arkansas during his Fall 2018 Computer Science Tour, his seventh tour of Arkansas schools since he took office in 2015.
Governor Hutchinson has visited more than 60 schools to promote computer science education and to encourage students to enroll in computer science and coding courses.
Governor Hutchinson visited Pea Ridge Middle School Monday.
"We need students who have an expertise in computer coding and computer science fields," Hutchinson said.
Hutchinson said there's going to be thousands of unfilled computer science jobs across the Natural State in the coming years and training students now will attract the tech industry to our state.
Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement prior to making the stop:
"I look forward to my Computer Science Tour of Arkansas schools every spring and fall. After visiting more than 60 schools to share about the value of computer science education, I continue to be encouraged by the enthusiasm of our students and teachers for computer science-it's their hard work that has made Arkansas a national leader in these efforts. I look forward to hitting the road once again to talk about the value of coding in these students' lives and in Arkansas' economy."
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