Nearly $1 million in grants was awarded to improve access to computer science and related educational programs in Washington, and the Cosmopolis School District says that they will be benefiting from the funding.
In May, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced that this funding would be going to districts, schools, and nonprofits to train teachers and provide and upgrade technology, as well as expand computer science access.
Aberdeen and Willapa Valley were the only schools included in the initial release of funding.
Cosmopolis Superintendent/Principal Cherie Patterson tells KXRO that the local school will benefit from the funding as well as they work with. Approximately $40,000 was allocated to Olympia-based nonprofit, Generation YES, and Patterson says that they are working with the group to implement a Student Technology Leadership program in Cosmopolis.
Pattersion says that a team of GenYES Student Technology Leaders will be prepared to provide technology support and professional development for their teachers.
The State Legislature provided $1 million for computer science education grant funding in 2018. The state grant funds will be matched equally by private sources, which effectively doubled the total grant amount to $2 million.