The National Science Foundation has awarded $2.5 million to the Georgia Tech College of Computing to implement Operation Reboot, a three-year program that will train 30 unemployed information technology (IT) workers to work as high school computing teachers. Current computing teachers will work with IT workers for one year, sharing their classroom responsibilities and training them. In turn, computing teachers will learn important IT skills. At the end of the year, the IT professional will have earned an initial teaching certificate with a computer science endorsement. IT co-teachers will help high schools provide more computing courses, improve their curriculum, and generate more student interest. Georgia Tech predicts that the expertise IT professionals will bring to the classroom will lead to a 30 percent increase in the number of students with classroom computing experience. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will not be enough computer science professionals to meet the demands of the industry, which is expected to offering rapidly rising employment opportunities until at least 2016. Operation Reboot plans to provide improved computing education to 4,600 students over the next three years. The results of the program will be published and made available as a model for other states to follow.
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