WHEREAS, Grace Hopper, one of the first female pioneer computer scientists and first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, was born on December 9, the week of December 7 is being recognized around the world as Computer Science Education Week; and,
WHEREAS, computer science is a 21st century skill that is listed among the top 50 job growth areas in Michigan over the next five years; and,
WHEREAS, teaching students computer science education can lead to high-tech, high-wage sustainable careers, and engaging students early on increases their confidence, determination and creativity; and,
WHEREAS, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be 1 million more computer jobs than graduating students qualified for them, and open computing jobs in Michigan are growing at three times the state average; and,
WHEREAS, to commemorate Computer Science Education Week, schools and students across Michigan are encouraged to engage in an “hour of code” which enhances skills that will lead them to create and not just consume technology;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim December 7-13, 2015 as Computer Science Education Week in Michigan.