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Author Cakir, Hasan ♦ Dennis, Alan R. ♦ Duffy, Thomas M.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Abstract Introduction Student enrollment in college computer science (CS) and information technology (IT) programs are in a downward trend in most developed countries. At the same time, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and their counterparts in other countries forecast an increased need for skilled CS/IT graduates. To reverse the downwards trend in college level CS/IT enrollment, ACM launched the Computer Science Teachers Association (, whose mission is to "directly and passionately" advocate for computer science education in the high school. One major initiative is to develop a comprehensive computer science curriculum that educates high school students and informs them about the profession because a major factor in the enrollment decline is a lack of knowledge about possible CS/IT careers. In this article, we examine one CS/IT program (the Cisco Networking Academy that has been offered in high schools since 1978) to understand what lessons we can draw for other CS/IT high school initiatives.
Description Affiliation: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (Dennis, Alan R.; Duffy, Thomas M.) || Gazi University, Besevler - Ankara, Turkey (Cakir, Hasan)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 53
Issue Number 7
Page Count 4
Starting Page 138
Ending Page 141

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Source: ACM Digital Library