An increasingly digital economy necessitates a workforce with diverse computer science talent. Increasing desire for tech talent is driving more common and rigorous computer science education in public schools, but high-level computer science courses are still very rare in low-income communities. To build a talented and diverse pipeline, the state of Rhode Island created CS4RI.
CS4RI aims to bring computer science education to every K–12 school in the state. The state is pairing with industry experts to provide curricula and professional development for teachers. Additionally, the program creates partnerships between schools and businesses to raise awareness of opportunities within the state and help graduates obtain good-paying jobs.