The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) is now working with CodeVA to provide high quality computer science professional development and opportunities to the Southside Tobacco Commission region. Training will be offered at IALR in the 2018/2019 school year. The summer session will be July 9-13, with Saturday sessions to be announced throughout the 2018/19 school year. 

Additionally, IALR is working with CodeVA on Computer Science District Roadmaps. Through this project, IALR and CodeVA will work with school divisions to uncover internal division assets, identify free tools and resources available, and make recommendations for professional development and curricula to support implementing the new CS SOL standards. The Roadmaps will help school divisions plan for professional development, assess their current technology capabilities, and choose curriculum and resources. 

These efforts are supported by a grant from the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.

“Standing here today I have 36,000 cyber jobs open. I tell (students) the starting pay is $88,000...” 
Terry McAuliffe
72nd Governor of Virginia

Former Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe recently signed a bill making Computer Science a part of the core curriculum for K-12 in every school in Virginia. Virginia is the first state in the nation to do so.