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Governor Kay Ivey and Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth will position themselves to position Alabama students first to keep pace with the evolving modern workforce.

On Friday, Ainsworth joined Google, US Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville), and head of the local school board an event in Talladega County celebrates the launch of Google Rolling study halls Program – an upstart initiative that provides students with long commuter paths in 16 rural communities across America Wi-Fi.

Through this revolutionary program, Google provides each school district with Wi-Fi, computers and educators aboard the school buses. The initiative, launched at the beginning of the semester in the fall of 2018 at Munford Middle School in Talladega County, helps students across the country gain more than 1.5 million hours of study time that would otherwise be required on long bus trips.

"Innovative programs like the Google Wi-Fi school buses enable us to give our students the 21st-century education they need to succeed in the global economy," Ainsworth said in a statement. "Preparing today's students for the workforce of tomorrow will ensure that Alabama's economy remains strong and our state employment rates continue to go far into the future."
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According to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one in four American students is now being trained in rural-grade schools. This means that more than 10 million students may not have reliable access to an internet connection for school work at home. In partnership with the School Network Consortium (CoSN), Google is working closely with the districts to close the homework gap for thousands of students across the country.

"The Talladega district is proud to help the country find innovative ways to ensure students are equipped with the tools they need to succeed at the highest levels. Google's rolling study halls are something that we know will be of benefit to the students in Munford and help them create the next big thing here in Alabama, "added McClendon.

That comes after Ainsworth recently helped highlight another state-of-the-art educational program to take off in this state: i-Ready from Curriculum Associates.

"Today's students need education and experience to prepare them for the jobs of the future."

On the same day as the Google event, Ivey encouraged young women at Alabama universities to seize the opportunity to explore their cyber security and computer science skills by solving the challenges of 2019. "Girls go CyberStart"Program.

"Technology is changing every sector of the workforce in Alabama, and today's students need education and experience to prepare them for the jobs of the future," the governor said in a statement. "These CyberStart competitions are a fun way for young women and men to get to know and learn the hi-tech, highly effective field of cybersecurity."

Participating students – and their teachers – do not need knowledge or experience in information technology or cybersecurity to participate. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. The program is free for schools and students.

Students also have the opportunity to win cash prizes for themselves and their schools. In Alabama, at least 10 high school girls each receive a $ 500 scholarship to pay for college.

Attendees will take advantage of the CyberStart Game, an online series of challenges that enable students to act as cyber-protection agents, solving cyber-security puzzles, and exploring exciting, relevant topics such as cryptography and digital forensics. The Yellowhammer State High Schools, where at least five girls from the Girls Go CyberStart program master six or more of the challenges, will have access to the full CyberStart game for their entire school, with the contest for both male and female students for the entire school Rest of the school is extended year.

Last year, the SANS Institute launched Girls CyberStart as a pilot project to inspire the next generation of cybersecurity experts and identify talented teens. The 2018 program provided 6,650 young women in 16 states with the opportunity to discover and demonstrate their Internet safety skills.

NBC News recently released one depth analysis Success of the Girls Go CyberStart program 2018. The analysis ended with a quote from one of the young women who participated: "At the moment I would say that I have no interest in cybersecurity anymore to really be pulled in that direction. And I would love to play it again next year. "

One teacher wrote a particularly insightful note saying, "Before I recruited girls for this wonderful program, I had difficulty getting girls to realize that they could be computer scientists. I had girls who said they were too stupid to do that until I said, "Just give it a try." Some of my girls found that they were good at puzzles, and some found that they liked programming , I now have girls interviewing our consultant about computer science degrees at our local community college. "

Another teacher wrote: "I would like to keep CyberStart in my classroom because it is presented in a fun, interactive environment where students are encouraged to solve problems, to program, and to learn how computer science works. As the game progresses, students visibly develop the urge to solve the next challenge, and then the next one. The motivation to research, collaborate and try-fail-try-fail-try and try-try-try-try-try-try-try-try-try-try-try-try-try-try-try -try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try -try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try -try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try -Try-It-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-Try-It-Drop Format "is an ability that serves them in every career they pursue. And would not it be great if this career is cybersecurity? "

Both male and female students have the opportunity to play CyberStart this year. The college program called Cyber ​​FastTrack, is a $ 2.5 million scholarship pipeline for advanced cybersecurity education and internships and jobs in this area.

Ivey has made the basics of computer science education and the development of workers cornerstones of the policy of their administration.

The governor's guest in 2019, State of the State Address, was Arrington Harper, a senior executive of Jefferson County at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, who intends to double computer science and linguistics.

In addition, a major focus of the Ivey signature education initiativeStrong start, strong finish, "Improves and expands computer science in public high schools and state colleges.

Excerpt from the state of Ivey as follows:

In anticipation of increasing demand in the field of computer science, we continue our efforts to improve informatics education in Alabama.

Last year I signed a law establishing the Alabama School of Cyber ​​Technology and Engineering. In addition, we have provided additional resources to create the Alabama Math and Science Teacher Education Program, which provides a better way to certify future computer science teachers.

In Alabama, women and minorities today make up well over half of the population. However, they are underrepresented in the STEM professions.

I am pleased to have a young woman with us this evening who has the face to change this discrepancy, especially in the field of computer science. Arrington Harper is currently a senior at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham.

In her ninth grade, she had her first computer science class.

Since then Arrington has excelled. She is the recipient of the Aspirations in Computer Science Award for Alabama. She is an advocate of computer science education and girls in computer science. She wants to use her passion to help overcome the gender and racial differences that exist in computer science education. Arrington has spoken with numerous groups of parents and educators and has been invited by the National Center for Women in IT to share their experiences. She plans to study computer science at the university.

Arrington represents my vision of education in our state. In a classroom she discovered her niche. Under the guidance of her dedicated teachers and her own hard work, this young woman is entering a promising future. Arrington, could you please be recognized for being recognized?

In order to provide our students with the right skills and education to fill high demand jobs, it is important that they get a good degree.

Sean Ross is a member of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn