High_School_Newport_ARBeing a software developer is not a new profession, although with the rise of mobile devices and wearables, it certainly offers up more venues and platforms in which one can create apps for. Now it looks like over in the state of Arkansas, it seems that a law was passed last month in which it has been made a legal requirement for high schools in the state to offer coding classes to its students.

Now we should note that these classes are required to be offered, but students are not forced to take them. However for students who might have an interest in it, whether it be as a hobby or maybe a future profession, classes will be offered and they can take them if they choose. This follows Arkansas Governor’s plan to make computer science education for all during his campaign.

According to Governor Asa Hutchinson, “Whether you’re looking at manufacturing and the use of robotics or the knowledge industries, they need computer programmers. If we can’t produce those workers, we’re not going to be able to attract and keep the industry we want.” This isn’t the first time we have heard a government official make the push for more computer education.

A couple of years ago President Obama even suggested that programming should be a required class in high schools. We have also seen organizations such as the BBC launch programs that teach children how to code, as well as apps released by other developers all aimed at making the younger generation more code-savvy.

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