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A-State Partners with State Officials to Teach High School Students Computer Coding


The Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas State University, and the Arkansas Public School Resource Center is partnering to provide a statewide online coding curriculum starting with the fall 2020 semester.  The initiative allows 250 high school students across the state to participate in the UpSkill program tuition free.  This supports Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s initiative on computer coding and computer science skills.  The course structure leads students through a nine-month curriculum that prepares students to receive a certificate in Swift coding.    The Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education has provided the Arkansas Public School Resource Center a 118-thousand dollar grant to fund the program.  Click on the Listen button.  

Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio. As part of an Air Force Family, he moved to Arkansas from Minot, North Dakota in 1986. He was first bitten by the radio bug after he graduated from Gosnell High School in 1992. While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked at KOSE, a small 1,000 watt AM commercial station in Osceola, Arkansas. Upon graduation from Arkansas State University in 1996 with a degree in Radio-Television Broadcast News, he decided that he wanted to stay in radio news. He moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and worked for East Arkansas Broadcasters as news director and was there for 16 years.