Education and Workforce Development Principles
TechNet advocates for education policies that prepare all American students to successfully participate in a global, interconnected, and technology-driven economy. In particular, TechNet supports:
- At least $250 million in annual federal funding to promote computer science, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
- Including or expanding computer science offerings in high schools and allowing qualified computer science courses to fulfill a core high school graduation requirement.
- Robust and sustained efforts to train and recruit more high-quality STEM and computer science teachers through effective professional development and teacher training programs in higher education.
- Promotion of the K-12 Computer Science Framework developed by Association for Computing Machinery, Code.org, Computer Science Teachers Association, Cyber Innovation Center, and National Math and Science Initiative in collaboration with states, school districts, and the computer science education community.
- Apprenticeships and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that advance the knowledge and skills necessary for college and career readiness and success in high-demand technical career pathways.
- Lifelong learning, retraining, and reskilling policies and programs that allow workers to attain the education and skills they need to stay current as jobs evolve and advance their careers.
- Policies and programs that focus on engaging and providing opportunities for female and minority students and workers in STEM and computer science.
- Promoting a highly qualified, more diverse workforce by ensuring historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and Hispanic serving institutions (HSI) have the appropriate federal support to offer their students adequate opportunities in the STEM disciplines.
- Policies that encourage the use of digital content and technology, including access to high-speed wireless broadband and connectivity in the classroom, to provide individualized learning experiences, improve educational outcomes, and teach valuable workforce skills.
- Ensuring that student data is protected, while also providing parents, teachers, and students the ability to access educational tools to promote innovation and technology in the classroom.
- Policies and programs that increase internet adoption at home and digital literacy so that students can complete their assignments and so individuals of all ages can access online training for skilled jobs.