Preparing Students for the 21st Century Workforce

By: Florida Chamber of Commerce

From local businesses to major corporations, a qualified workforce is a top concern for job creators.

This week lawmakers will hear a bill, SB 1056, designed to expand access to computer science courses in Florida’s public schools. The Florida Chamber supports this legislation and any efforts to better prepare students for high paying, in-demand careers.

David Dimmett, Senior Vice President of Project Lead the Way, discusses the importance of computer science skills in the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line public affairs program.

“In my view, computer science is the new literacy. Without this essential skill, students are going to have a lifetime of missed opportunities. The jobs of the future will require a foundation in these skills,” Dimmett said. “Gone are the days when schools can do this work in isolation or alone. The best school districts across the country are doing this work in partnership with their business and industry partners in their local community and across the state.”