CodeWV is building a computer science community among educators across West Virginia
to ensure K-12 students have access and opportunities to learn computer science.
The program offers curriculum and professional development to educators.
Q: Who is the partner of CodeWV?
A: CodeWV is the West Virginia Regional Partner of Code.org, which
is a nonprofit that offers professional learning programs dedicated to expanding
computer science access in schools while increasing participation by women and underrepresented
Q: What is the value of CodeWV to West Virginia?
A: With computing jobs now the number-one source of new earnings in
the U.S., computer science must be a critical part of the K-12 curriculum. Not only
can we ensure that West Virginia students have the skills necessary for future success,
we can also boost jobs and economic growth in the state.
It is critical to invest more resources in computer science. West Virginia currently
has more than 1,200 open computing jobs (four times the average demand rate), yet
only graduated 158 total computer science students in 2015; only 11% were female.
In addition, only 15 schools in West Virginia (12% of schools statewide with AP
programs) offered an AP Computer Science course in 2016-2017, and fewer AP computer
science exams were taken than in any other STEM subject. These numbers show the
real need to expand access to educators and to students to fill the open computing
positions in our state, drive economic opportunities for West Virginia and bolster
local West Virginia communities.
Q: Why is this a natural partnership with the Center for Excellence in STEM Education?
As the Center helps prepare West Virginia students for the evolving
demands of today's workforce, computer science education is critical to better
equip students with the skillsets necessary for future success. West Virginia must
continue to find effective ways to improve students' critical thinking, creativity
and problem-solving, and especially of those who have traditionally been underrepresented.
Q: What is an example of a CodeWV program or activity?
The Hour of Code event, hosted locally in 2017 at Mylan Park Elementary
School, showcased how easy it is for students of all ages to learn the basics of
coding. Since then, CodeWV has offered professional learning for teachers in more
than 100 elementary schools, and nearly 63 middle and high schools. At
least 90% of these teachers are now offering a new computer science class or learning
experience to K-12 students.
Q: What is the goal of CodeWV?
To serve as the hub for West Virginia K-12 computer science; build
partnerships with local districts and schools to increase student access to computer
science courses; organize and host quality local workshops for teachers implementing
Code.org's programs with Code.org-trained facilitators; provide tools and resources
to local school administrators and counselors through specialized workshops; and
establish, grow, and sustain a local community of computer science educators through
computer science fairs and community events.
For more information about CodeWV, contact Amanda Jelsema, 304-293-9708, or email