Oregon high school computer science programs get $5M funding

Gov. Kate Brown speaks at Connected Lane County's SparkLab, where she announced $5 million in federal funding for computer science education in public schools.

Lane County schools and others statewide are receiving an influx of $5 million as part of plan to provide computer science education in all high schools by the fall of 2027.

The funding was announced by Gov. Kate Brown last week when she visited Connected Lane County’s SparkLab, which offers extended out-of-school STEM education and training opportunities for youth to gain hands-on experience.

“Now, more than ever, a deep understanding of computer science is a critical skill for today’s workforce,” Brown said in a news release. “That’s why I am proud to announce this important investment and chart a roadmap to ensure equitable access to computer science skills for Oregon’s students.”

While there are existing computer science programs in some schools, it’s not ubiquitous or equally available to different demographics.