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Raleigh, N.C.  – The North Carolina General Assembly funded a $1.2 million Coding and Mobile App Development Program in the 2017-18 state budget that recently awarded $400,000 to help middle and high school students learn digital skills in public schools, including schools within our region.

The Coding and Mobile App Development Program budgeted by the North Carolina legislature will help district and charter schools fund computer science partnerships with local businesses in the spring of 2018.

North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson announced the awards would help 15 public schools purchase digital equipment and fund teacher professional development for coding, computer science and mobile application development initiatives.

School systems receiving the awards include Cumberland, Dare, Lenoir, Perquimans, Randolph, Rutherford, Union and Wake County Public Schools.  Charter schools in Buncombe and Edgecombe counties also received awards.

Asheboro City Schools, Rowan-Salisbury Schools, and Winston-Salem Forsyth Schools received additional awards that range from $10,000 to $40,000.

Applications for the next Coding and Mobile App Development grant cycle, worth $800,000, will begin in March.  Next year's recipients will be announced in the summer and implement programs in the fall.

The grant program is detailed on page 38 of S.B. 257 Appropriations Act of 2017 or page F-18 of the state budget money report.


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