Education, Politics

Georgia Congressman Helps Prioritize Computer Coding, Cybersecurity

Georgia Congressman Tom Graves shared with "Morning Edition" host Lisa Rayam that tapping into the high school community would help replenish a shortage in the cybersecurity workforce.
Georgia Congressman Tom Graves shared with "Morning Edition" host Lisa Rayam that tapping into the high school community would help replenish a shortage in the cybersecurity workforce.
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When it comes to cybersecurity, it’s been a good week for Georgia Congressman Tom Graves.

The House of Representatives passed a number of government funding bills that included a dozen cybersecurity priorities drafted by Graves.

Among them is a plan for computer coding instruction.

Congressman Graves wants to see it offered as a second language in high school.

Recently, Graves shared with “Morning Edition” host Lisa Rayam that tapping into the high school community would help replenish a shortage in the cybersecurity workforce.

Congressman Graves said, “Computer coding is a language. It is a spoken language between machine to machine that is encoded by a person, and because of that, I believe that education has an opportunity to recognize computer coding as a second language. Much like Spanish, French, German.”

Graves added, he does envision computer coding could build a Georgia workforce for the future.

 

Correction: This story previously stated there were dozens of cybersecurity bills passed. The House passed a number of government funding bills that included a dozen cybersecurity priorities drafted by Rep. Tom Graves. 

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