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 4 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; 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 by 2020 there will be one million more computer jobs than graduating students qualified for them and open computing jobs in Michigan are growing at more than 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” that enhances students problem thinking skills that lead them to create and not just consume technology;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim December 4-10, 2017 as Computer Science Education Week in Michigan.