Helping close the computer science gap

The Chamber is committed to addressing the workforce gaps in the IT/Tech sector by increasing the number of Computer Science classes offered in local high schools. We have been partnering with TEALS since 2016 to connect the business community with high schools to grow sustainable computer science programs. TEALS, which stands for Technology Education and Literacy in School, is a Microsoft non-profit that started in one high school in 2009 and is now in over 350 high schools across the country.

First period every morning, teams of 19 IT professionals from Blackbaud, Boeing and Trident Technical College co-teach computer science classes at Wando, Stall, West Ashley, Hanahan and Academic Magnet high schools. We are excited to expand this opportunity to six high schools in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Two School Districts in the next school year. 

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In Their Words

"I can’t think of a better way to invest in our future than to bring computer science to our local schools...That is why we have committed 13 volunteers to the TEALS program.”

Chris Mitchell, Sr. Dir. of Engineering, Blackbaud

Some History

We first invited TEALS to the Charleston region back in October 2014 because their mission so closely aligned with ours. Our goal is to help districts drive momentum for more Computer Science classes in our region’s high schools and to buildup student desire and teacher capacity for these classes. Started in 2009, TEALS is now creating a ripple effect in over 225 schools in 25 states.

In August 2016, the first local TEALS pilot in our region launched at West Ashley High School. Two IT professionals, Gary Scott, recently retired after 34 years at SPAWAR, and Michael Buhler, Javascript Developer at Voltteware, came to the first period AP Computer Science class every school day to teach students and help build a sustainable computer science program.

Learn more about becoming a TEALS Volunteer