These wins are a product of the school's 25-year history of teaching computer science, and ASMSA is sharing that expertise with the state through its Coding Arkansas' Future initiative, according to Steve Rice, who was hired in June as an entrepreneurship instructor.
ASMSA launched the initiative in 2015 in response to Gov.
There was a shortage of teachers qualified to teach coding when the law went into effect, and ASMSA wanted to help.
ASMSA's Coding Arkansas' Future initiative goes hand-in-hand with state officials' efforts.
More than 125 current and up-and-coming computer science teachers are currently enrolled in year-long mentorship and professional development courses offered through the initiative, according to Coding Arkansas' Future Director Daniel Moix, who works part time from the space ASMSA leases at the Tech Park.
Rice's position falls under the Coding Arkansas' Future initiative, and his office is at the Tech Park, where he is already teaching a new advanced research and entrepreneurship course to seven ASMSA students.
Rice believes that entrepreneurship and computer science overlap, and he said he and Moix are attempting to exploit that to better educate ASMSA students and to better educate students across Arkansas by producing qualified entrepreneurship teachers.