Vancouver, Wash. — Vancouver Public Schools is one of 25 school districts in the nation commended by the White House for its commitment in support of President Barack Obama’s initiative to expand computer science curricula for K-12 students. The White House briefing was released Jan. 30 in conjunction with President Obama’s announcement of a $4 billion plan to give all students across the country the opportunity to learn computer science.

“We are proud to be named as a supporter for expanded opportunities so students can thrive in the innovation era,” said Dr. Steven Webb, superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools. “This initiative will place creativity, critical thinking and agency at the very heart of the learning process, and will support the adaptive skills our graduates need to thrive in an increasingly interdependent economy and global community.”

President Obama announced he will ask Congress to provide funding over the next three years for computer science learning in elementary, middle, and high schools.

“Now we have to make sure all our kids are equipped for the jobs of the future—which means not just being able to work with computers, but developing the analytical and coding skills to power our innovative economy,” said President Obama in his weekly radio address.

Vancouver Public Schools, recognized as a leader in digital learning, offers a number of middle and high school courses connected to programming, coding and project-based learning. With potential funding from the initiative, the district would reinforce current programs and enhance college and career readiness. The district also would prioritize development and integration of coding, computer science and project-based learning at the elementary levels and content areas, and expand extended-day programming and internship opportunities for secondary students.