Silicon Slopes: Utah has Opportunity to be at the Forefront of Tech Education

Lolly BowlerNews

Salt Lake City—The second annual Silicon Slopes Tech Summit showcased what many of us already know: that the tech industry in Utah is booming. And while we should, as a state, be proud of what our tech companies have accomplished, we can also look at the opportunities that are rising with tech tide and address them—before those opportunities become insurmountable challenges.

In Utah, there are about 4,000 open tech jobs, with an average salary of $81,000, said Alice Steinglass, president of Code.org during Friday’s general session. But there are only 400 students in public Utah high schools currently that can take AP Computer Science (CS), preparing them for a career in STEM fields, or igniting their passion in CS in general.

“That’s a challenge that we need to solve to give these students an opportunity for the jobs here in Utah,” she said.

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