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.
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.
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
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