Senate Bill 108, passed in 2019, is pushing computer science education in Georgia Schools to the forefront. This is fantastic for our grand old peach state.
Over the next few years leading up to 2024, the Georgia DOE will be helping local school districts roll out Highschool and Middleschool computer science education opportunities to all districts across Georgia.
Over the past four decades, sunbelt cities like Atlanta have boomed. People like the warm weather, the cost of living is lower than the west coast and north east, and there’s room to grow.
Technology companies have been steadily growing in Atlanta, and bigger tech firms and Fortune 500 companies have been relocating to Atlanta steadily over the last few years.
In short, Georgia wants Georgia students to fill all of these high-tech positions that are being created in our metro areas, primarily Atlanta.
I grew up in a small town just outside of Atlanta. I was able to commute for much of my time at Georgia Tech while studying computer science. After graduating, I entered the tech workforce of Atlanta. Over the last 10 years, I’ve been able to enjoy working in the Atlanta software industry.
The starting pay for tech workers is good, the options to work remote are fantastic, and the work is both challenging and satisfying. One of my goals within our efforts at Live Oak Computer Science is to allow more Georgia students to participate in Atlanta’s booming tech hub, while still enjoying a lifestyle in smaller towns across the state of Georgia.
Georgia has: so. much. space. Metro Atlanta might be congested with traffic and development that has overshot our infrastructure, but the rest of Georgia has plenty of elbow room. Many of our small towns have been suffering from the brain drain that has impacted the rest of the nation.
Covid19 forced us to adopt remote work across the nation within months. Remote work culture that could have taken 10 years to mature took months to arrive with Covid19 forcing the hand of companies and workers. While a painful transition, this has shown us our tech workers (and many other remote enabled workers) don’t have to be tied to metro areas to do their jobs well.
I believe that more and more future tech workers in Georgia can work for a company in Atlanta, while living in Blue Ridge or Brunswick. Cybersecurity professionals working for companies in Augusta can easily live anywhere in the state, finding a small town for a slower pace of life. Fintech workers who are in Columbus Georgia can work abroad for months in other parts of the country for a change of scenery.
The bonds between location and work are being broken. However, in-person work will always have a tremendously important role. Zoom will never replace the quality of an in-person meeting.
The point is, we now have well-tested options. Hybrid work environments are more available than ever, where remote work can be integrated with a few office days per month.
Traffic might be bad in my part of Metro Atlanta, but my car is one less car on the roads. My family and I can travel while I work, and that’s an incredible new development in the culture of work over the past 100 years.
More of Georgia’s students can do this too. They just need the proper digital literacy education and opportunities!