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Photo Release: Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford Attends “Hour of Code” Event in Baltimore City

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford today attended an “Hour of Code” event at Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City, in partnership with Accenture and Code in the Schools. Hour of Code is an international program that empowers students through science and technology instruction, with volunteers teaching basic computer coding and computer science skills to young students one hour at a time. Today’s visit rounded out a week of Hour of Code events that reaches over 10,000 students across Baltimore City.

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“The demand for a robust STEM workforce in Maryland has never been higher, which means that we need to spark the interest of students beginning at an even younger age,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “It’s never too early to engage students and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM fields.”

The Hogan-Rutherford administration has championed initiatives to expand STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – educational opportunities for Maryland students. The ACCESS Initiative announced last year – a comprehensive computer science education and workforce development plan – focused on increasing STEM initiatives for students and established computer science standards for schools across the state. In addition, the administration has implemented and expanded the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH). The P-TECH model enables students to graduate with a high school diploma and a no-cost, two-year associate degree in a critical STEM field in six years or less, and each P-TECH school includes a partnership among a local high school, a college, and a private sector sponsor.

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Accenture’s global commitment to provide more opportunities for students to learn to code supports the company’s Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative. Code in the Schools is a Baltimore-based nonprofit that works to expand access to computer science education. To learn more or participate in Hour of Code visit www.accenture.com/HoC2018 or code.org.

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