Welcome to the Computer Science Talent Ecosystem Youth

WEDC Awards $150K Grant to the Computer Science Talent Ecosystem Youth (CSTEY)

December 6, 2021 - GovernorTony Evers and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes announced today that CSTEY, a pilot program that aims to train teachers and bring computer science into all Wisconsin K-12 classrooms, is getting a boost from a $150,000 grant from the WEDC.

The goal of Computer Science Talent Ecosystem Youth (CSTEY) is to teach all K-12 students computer science prior to graduating from high school. This initiative focuses on providing guidance and resources to all K-12 school districts - first within Brown County, then within CESA 7 and then throughout the state - to build, grow, and integrate Computer Science (CS) pathways at all grade levels.

Why Computer Science Matters

Computer Science in Wisconsin

Only 52% of all WI schools teach coding or computer science. Our mission is to give EVERY student in public and private schools in the State of Wisconsin the chance to experience the power of coding and computer science.

Graph of percentage of WI schools teaching computer science. 2017-18, 34%, 2018-19, 42%, 2019-20, 52%

Benefits of Participation in CS

When students participate in computer science they:

  • increase their opportunities to select a career pathway within a growing digital marketplace.

  • enhance their soft skills: teamwork, collaboration and creativity.

  • are inspired to be lifelong learners and problem solvers that positively impact their communities.

Computer Science is one of the fastest growing career areas, see how you can experience the growth.

Engaging Careers
  • Make an impact, leveraging information technology to solve some of the biggest problems facing the world today

  • 90% of IT students are employed or have job offers prior to graduation

  • IT provides opportunities to manage, organize, think creatively, and work in teams

  • Diversified career fields integrating IT: Healthcare, Logistics, Manufacturing, Safety, and Agriculture

Job Outlook
  • 6,222 current open computing jobs in WI

  • 1,261 computer science bachelor’s degrees were earned in 2018

  • 67% of all new jobs in STEM are in computing

  • 11% of STEM bachelor’s degrees are in computer science

  • Average salary for a computing occupation in WI is $80,546

  • Provide inspiration and guidance for youth to explore various careers within information technology

  • Implement on the job training and mentorship through Youth Apprenticeship and Cooperative Education opportunities

  • Opportunity to shape the education, skills, expectations and habits of the future workforce

  • Celebrate and retain local talent


Thank you to all of our partners for your support in growing coding and computer science education in Wisconsin K-12 schools! Find out more about our partners.

Microsoft Logo
American Family Insurance logo
Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region logo
Microsoft TEALS logo
Code.org logo
CSforAll logo
NEW Digital Alliance logo
CSTA Wisconsin Dairyland logo
Women in Technology Wisconsin Inc. logo
New North logo
Brown County Wisconsin logo