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CBC gifted $20,000 to support computer science education for local teachers

PASCO, Wash. - Columbia Basin College has received $20,000 in grant funding to help prepare local K-12 educators to teach computer science. 

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) provided $10,000 and Battelle, which operates Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, provided a matching $10,000.

The funding will help increase opportunities offered by CBC's Computer Science Teacher Association (CSTA) Chapter, launched in 2018. The program provides local teachers with upgraded technology, innovative workshops and extended training.

Since the chapter's beginning, about 20 to 30 teachers have taken advantage of the program.

"Every teacher that we touch touches at least 150 kids," said Josh Bee, associate professor of computer science at CBC. "So you can take that 20 and multiply it, and that's quite a big influence."

With the additional $20,000, the project team, led by Bee, will develop and conduct additional opportunities for K-12 teachers including an Ideation Workshop, a Train-the-Trainer Program, a Cybersecurity Challenge and a Computer Science Professional Job Shadow Program.

To learn more about the educational opportunities in computer science offered at CBC, click here.

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