The Dinwiddie County School Board has approved a plan to join with other area school divisions to offer students the opportunity to take classes in coding and computer science. Superintendent David Clark said that the program, which is called CodeRVA, will begin with new classes at area high schools and expand to the creation of a new school to serve all participating divisions.
“It gives students a chance to graduate with a high school diploma but also have paid hours in information technology work experience that hopefully will move them right into a job once they do get their diploma,” Clark said.
Clark said that the classes will begin during the upcoming school year, but the plan is to open the new school building within the next couple of years. The location for that school is undetermined, but it will operate similarly to a governor’s school. According to Clark, the cost of the program for this year will be $15,000.00 per division, with additional funding coming from a grant. Dinwiddie County Public Schools will be partnering with twelve other school divisions, including Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Chesterfield, and Richmond, to implement the program.
Board Chairwoman Barbara Pittman was selected to serve as Dinwiddie County’s representative on the newly formed governing board for CodeRVA. All other Dinwiddie County School Board members will serve as alternates.