NEWS RELEASES 2017-18 :: NOVEMBER 17, 2017


North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson on Wednesday announced that 15 districts and charter schools were awarded grants totaling $400,000 via the new Coding and Mobile App Development Grant Program. The grants, which range from $10,000 to $40,000, support partnerships with local businesses to help schools develop computer science, coding and mobile app development programs for middle and high school students.

“I know from my experience working at a tech company the difficulty employers are having recruiting graduates with the appropriate technical skills,” Johnson said. “Thanks to these grants, we are better positioning students for innovative career opportunities available right now in North Carolina.”

Receiving grant awards are:

  • Asheboro City Schools: $28,900
  • Asheville Buncombe Madison Career Pathways Consortium: $40,000
  • Cumberland County Schools: $27,500
  • Dare County Schools: $25,000
  • Lenoir County Schools: $36,160
  • North East Carolina Preparatory School (Edgecombe County Charter School): $36,000
  • Perquimans County Schools: $22,500
  • Randolph County School System: $10,000
  • Rowan-Salisbury Schools: $36,000
  • Rutherford County Schools: $38,100
  • Union County Public Schools (Porter Ridge Middle and Porter Ride High): $39,992
  • Wake County Schools (Fuquay-Varina Middle and Fuquay-Varina High): $31,081
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools: $28,000

Districts and schools will implement their programs this spring. Applications for the next Coding and Mobile App Development grant cycle will be available online March 15, 2018. Grant recipients will be announced in the summer and will implement their programs in the fall.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.