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ACM Director of Public Policy Named to STEM Education Caucus Steering Committee

Cameron Wilson will help strengthen computer science education for the next generation workforce

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WASHINGTON, DC – May 03, 2012 - ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Director of Public Policy Cameron Wilson has been named to the STEM Education Caucus Steering Committee. Wilson will work with Congressional STEM Education Caucus co-chairs Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) and Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) to advance the importance of education initiatives for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. His focus will be to emphasize the role of computer science in the STEM agenda.

Steering Committee participants are committed to a strategic STEM agenda, which is integral to the development of the next generation of the computing workforce. The Steering Committee aims to strengthen STEM education at all levels (K-12, higher education and workforce) by providing a forum for Congress and the science, education and business communities to discuss challenges, problems and solutions related to STEM education.

"A highly-skilled, STEM-educated workforce is essential for America's competitiveness in the global economy in the 21st century, as well as for national security," Lipinski stated. "It is particularly important that we expand our corps of computer scientists, whose skills are vital to conquering many of the challenges we face, including protecting our computer networks from intrusion, utilizing 'big data,' and ensuring growth and innovation in our burgeoning technology sector."

"Whether it is creating jobs, advancing scientific understanding or enhancing how we live our daily lives, computing technology drives our society, and computer science is the discipline that fuels our innovation engine," Wilson noted. "No other subject will open as many doors in the 21st century as computer science, and its teaching must start at the K-12 level. All too often we find that computer science in K-12 is marginalized. This is a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with the STEM Education Caucus to address this critical issue."

The computing industry finds itself searching for the talent it needs to fill thousands of vacancies each year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that computing occupations will remain among the 10 fastest-growing major occupations in the United States, outpacing overall job growth in the economy. 

To encourage more young people to enter the field earlier, ACM, along with other nonprofits and corporate partners (Microsoft, Google, Oracle and SAS), founded the Computing in the Core Coalition (CinC). CinC strongly supports the Computer Science Education Act, which works to strengthen computer science education and provide teachers with the professional development they need to properly prepare them to teach computer science.

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