The San Francisco Unified School District is in the midst of recognizing National Computer Science Education Week with open computer labs aimed at helping high school students learn how to code.

Statistics reveal “computing jobs in this country are being created faster than they can be filled, and more than 50 percent of all future math and science occupations will likely be in computing occupations,” according to SFUSD spokesperson Gentle Blythe. “But fewer than three percent of college students graduate with a degree in computer science.”

High schools across the city are featuring an “Hour of Code” program this week and students are encouraged to drop into labs to explore the world of coding. For more on the District’s Career and Technical Education department, click here.

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Greta Mart is a Bay Area-based newspaper reporter and freelance writer, and currently a student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. From 2005 to 2012 she was a staff reporter at two community newspapers in WA and CA, and has contributed to several Bay Area and Seattle area newspapers, as well as Pacific Yachting and Italy's Gulliver and La Republicca's D magazines. Greta holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and studied history at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She lives aboard her sailboat at the Berkeley Marina.

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