Addressing Inequities & Creating Opportunity for All Virginia Students to Achieve Careers in Fast-Growing Sector
As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will make the Commonwealth the best state in the nation for STEM-H and computer science education and ensure all Virginia students, no matter their background or zip code, can access the growing STEM-H and computer science fields. To do so, Terry will integrate STEM-H and computer science principles across all subjects and grade levels, address the digital equity divide, leverage public-private partnerships to build the workforce of the future through virtual internships and regional innovation labs, increase supplemental learning opportunities, and attract high-paying jobs to every corner of the Commonwealth.
As Virginia’s 72nd Governor, Terry made Virginia the first state in the nation to mandate computer science education for all K-12 students, created grant programs for cybersecurity camps for students and cyber boot camps for teachers, and set a goal to graduate more than 50,000 Virginians every year from STEM-H training programs — a goal that Virginia exceeded. Under Terry’s leadership, Virginia led the nation for participation in the 2016 “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge, with almost 7,000 students participating.
The Work Ahead
- Tackle the digital equity gap by ensuring students have computing devices at home and building a strong foundation of access to knowledge, skills, and resources.
- Integrate STEM-H and computer science principles and skills into all subjects and grade levels in K-12 schools.
- Equip educators with the knowledge and skills they need to understand and teach these principles, and foster inclusive learning environments
- Cultivate public-private partnerships to advance STEM-H and computer science literacy, build the workforce of the future, and attract high-paying jobs to every corner of the Commonwealth.