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  • 11/18/2020 6:46 PM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)

    November 18, 2020

    Governor Hutchinson Announces Record Number
    Of Arkansas Students Taking Computer Science

    Enrollment tops 10,000 for 2020-’21

    LITTLE ROCK – Enrollment in Computer Science courses topped 10,000 for this school term, a record number of students that is an increase of 6.5 percent over the previous year and an 847 percent increase since the 2014-2015 term, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced at a news conference today.

    The enrollment numbers were taken from Arkansas school districts’ Cycle 2 enrollment reports, which were due to the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) by October 15.

    The enrollment report shows that for the first time in Arkansas, the percentage of African American students who are taking a computer science class – 19.6 percent – exceeds the percentage of all African American students – 19.2 percent – enrolled in Arkansas high schools.

    ADE also reports that the number of girls taking at least one computer science class increased by 283 to 3,135, a 28 percent increase over the past year and a 1,300 percent increase over 2014, when 223 girls were enrolled.

    “When we became the first state in the nation to require all high schools to teach computer science, our goal was to increase enrollment to 7,500 by the 2019-2020 school year,” Governor Hutchinson said. “We surpassed that goal a year early, and this year, even with COVID-19, we topped 10,000. Educators and students embraced the initiative. We have enhanced our education system, and we are strengthening our workforce.”

    Governor Hutchinson also announced his support for legislation during the 93rd General Assembly that would require a computer science credit to graduate and would require each high school to employ at least one certified computer science teacher. Senator Jane English is sponsoring the bill.

    Anthony Owen, State Director of Computer Science, praised the work that led to the sixth consecutive increase in enrollment. “I am proud beyond words that our schools, educators, and students stepped up and again demonstrated that computer science remains a top priority across Arkansas.”


  • 10/31/2020 8:12 AM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)

    Please join me in congratulating our new member Adita Kirkera on being a 2020 winner of Women in IT award.


    https://lastwordmedia.eventscase.com/EN/WITAwardsNYC/WinnersPage


  • 06/30/2020 12:46 PM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)

    Congratulation to the winners of the Arkansas Computer Science Students of Distinction.  These are Arkansas Seniors and Juniors who have distinguished themselves academically and with there contributions to advancing computer science in Arkansas.  


    See the winners

  • 11/20/2019 5:08 PM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)

    We mourn the recent news of the loss of Mary Good.  She was a member and advocate of the Academy and advancing computer technology. 

    Mary Good, Pioneering Arkansas Scientist, Dies at 88

    https://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/129067/mary-good-pioneering-arkansas-scientist-dies-at-88?utm_source=enews_112019&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily-report&utm_campaign=newsletter&enews_zone=3817

  • 10/30/2019 8:00 AM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)

    2019 AR GIS Users Symposium

    • Wed, Oct 30, 2019 8:00 AM Fri, Nov 1, 2019 12:00 PM
    • 201 West Van Buren Eureka Springs, AR, 72632 United States (map)
    • Google Calendar ICS

    The Arkansas GIS Users Forum has many great opportunities for its members every other year as well. The Biennal Symposium is held every odd year at some of the best locations and venues acroos the state. For more information or to register, click here.


  • 10/26/2019 8:00 AM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)

    Arkansas Science Festival Science Tailgate Tent

    Come visit the Arkansas Science Festival’s tailgate tent at the ASU Homecoming Football Game!


  • 10/25/2019 8:00 AM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)

    Arkansas INBRE 2019

    The 2019 conference is scheduled for October 25-26, 2019. Sites for Registration and Abstracts will open in August. For more information, visit https://inbre.uark.edu/.


  • 10/24/2019 8:00 AM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)

    Science, Engineering & Art: a Juggler's Perspective

    Greg Kennedy, The Innovative Juggler will present “Science, Engineering & Art: a Juggler's Perspective.” Greg Kennedy will also perform at the Nettleton STEAM School during the day on October 24. According to his site, this newest production is quickly becoming his most popular. Greg has been touring this show for the last year and the feedback has been fantastic. For more information, visit http://innovativejuggler.com/.



  • 10/20/2019 8:01 AM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)

    NWA Technology Summit

    Northwest Arkansas’ Premier Technology and Innovation Summit. The NWA Technology Summit brings cutting-edge innovation to the latest thinking at the intersection of business and technology. Want to explore how to innovate and use technology to succeed in the digital era? Then the Summit is for you. Forward-thinking and practitioner-driven general session speakers and high value breakout sessions will deliver ways that you can effectively collaborate on innovative solutions to common business challenges and learn how technology is powering change and leveling the playing field. Learn more at https://www.nwatechsummit.com/#NWATS



  • 10/15/2019 8:00 AM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)

    ACOT (Arkansas Conference of Technology)

    • Tue, Oct 15, 2019 8:00 AM Fri, Oct 18, 2019 5:00 PM
    • Wyndham Riverfront Little Rock (map)
    • Google Calendar ICS

    ACOT is an annual conference geared toward Technology Directors and their teams. Sessions at ACOT are highly technical and informative. Our mission is to give you the skills you need to excel in your career. For more information, visit https://www.arkansasconferenceoftechnology.com/.



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