Meridian High/Ross Collins part of new C Spire Software Development Pilot Program
Representatives from C Spire, Mississippi State University’s Center for Cyber Education, and Meridian Community College visited Meridian High School on February 25, 2019 to share information about an exciting new program that can prepare rising 10th and 11th graders to enter the workforce just one year after high school as a software developer with a potential starting salary upwards of $50,000.
This new program will be available to 11th-grade students in the 2019-2020 school year and will consist of four courses during the students’ last two years of high school and six more courses at the community college level. With the proper schedule configuration in high school, students can graduate with up to 27 credit hours at their local community college and several industry certifications. Additionally, students will be on track to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree at their local community college within one year of high school graduation. Students will then be prepared to enter the workforce as a junior-level software developer at companies across the South like C Spire and FedEx.
At the recruitment event held today, C Spire representatives shared a video highlighting what a software developer does and interviews with recent graduates of the Base Camp Coding Academy in Water Valley, which served as the model for this new program. Mississippi State University’s Center for Cyber Education educators discussed the importance computer science plays in all career fields. Meridian Community College representatives talked to students about what their campus has to offer in terms of completing the program, providing additional industry certifications and working toward their degree.
There are currently more than 500,000 open computing jobs in the U.S. in all areas, from health care to banking and entertainment. The U.S. only averages about 60,000 computer science graduates each year, so it is critical to our economy to expose more students to this area and foster their confidence and abilities to pursue this skillset.