Arkansas' governor promotes computer science classes at Eureka Springs Schools

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he is all for job growth, and he knows the perfect group to talk to about what he sees as the potential number-one job creator.

The field of computer science brought the governor to Eureka Springs, but the kids he spoke to seemed to catch on to the excitement.

"I think it looks fun, and I could possibly get a career out of it," said 8th grader Baylee Harris.

"The robotics of it was very cool seeing that," said 10th grader Daxton Harris.

The state pumped millions of dollars into a computer science class requirement four years ago.

It required funding for teacher training, but gives students the choice to actually take the classes.

"The opportunities in the industry for those that know coding, that know computer science, whether it's IT or cyber security, they'e extraordinary. They're good-paying jobs," Hutchinson said.

Eureka Springs High School students can take computer science classes, like coding, virtually.

"The fact that it's available now, and not something we have to look for at the collegiate level, is definitely exciting," said Danyelle Harris, a parent of students at the school.

But you don't need to be in high or middle school in Eurkea Springs to get a head start. The district also has a teacher for grades K-4.

"It's just, it's amazing seeing their little faces lighten up when they figure out the algorithm and it's correct, and say 'Oh my goodness I got it!'" said Tilenna Hill, the K-4 computer science teacher.

Since now we're deep in the digital age:

"We've got to be able to keep up with our students," Hutchinson said.

Now the school district will be sending a high school teacher to go get computer science training, so that they can get certified to teach in an actual classroom, instead of virtually.