Compute Colorado

CEI, the Colorado Technology Association (CTA), the National Center for Women & Technology, and Oracle Academy are forming an education and technology task force — Compute Colorado — of Colorado school district leaders, state industry executives, and national experts. The goal is to develop a strategy for increasing the number and diversity of Colorado students prepared to compete for high-demand, high-wage technology jobs. Strategies will be shared with Colorado education leaders, companies, industry associations, post-secondary institutions, and others. CEI and CTA will build on a strong track record of successful partnership to advance implementation of this strategy.

If you are interested in joining the Compute Colorado Task force or learning more, please contact Liz Kuehl at

Convening Partners: 

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Meeting Materials

Meeting One – November 2015  Meeting Two – March 2016 Meeting Three – November 4, 2016


Meeting Notes & Next Steps

Compute Colorado Task Force Roster




Meeting Notes and Next Steps

Compute Colorado Task Force Roster








Compute Colorado Task Force Members


  • Jason Adams – Generation Schools Network
  • John Ahrens – St. Vrain Valley School District
  • Rod Anadon – Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley Schools
  • Bobbie Bastian – Adams 12 School District and
  • Julia Boger – Genoa, Hugo
  • Sharon Combs – Douglas County School District
  • Grant Euler – Jefferson County School District
  • Bill Gilmore – Englewood High School
  • Helene Hughes – STEM School & Academy
  • Chuck Powell – Jefferson County School District and Front Range CSTA
  • Patty Quinones – St. Vrain Valley School District
  • Axel Reitzig – Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley Schools
  • Lynn Seifert – Central STEM High School
  • Sean Wybrant – Colorado Springs School District 11, Palmer High School


  • Nina Amey – Arapahoe Community College
  • David Barnes – Colorado Community College System
  • Steven Beaty – Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • JoAnn Burkhart – Community College of Aurora
  • Tracy Camp – Colorado School of Mines
  • Jeff Casimir – Turing School of Software & Design
  • Dan Cohen – Metropolitan State University of Denver, Equity Assistance Center
  • Michael Ferrara – University of Colorado, Denver
  • Jody Paul – Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Shari Plantz-Masters Regis University

State Partners

  • Steven Allen – Office of Community Access and Independence
  • Ventana Harding – Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Jonita LeRoy – Governor’s Office of Information Technology
  • Lynne Picard – Denver Public Housing Authority
  • Stephanie Veck – Colorado Workforce Development Council
  • Wendy Brors – Colorado Workforce Development Council

Funding Partners

  • Alison Derbenwick-Miller – Oracle
  • Cyrus Martin – Colorado Technology Association
  • Denise Whinnen – Gill Foundation

Community Partners

  • Gail Chapman – Exploring Computer Science (ECS)
  • Bill Cullen – Sphero Janice Cuny National Science Foundation
  • Ruthe Farmer – National Center for Women & Information Technology 
  • Scott Fast – Cradle to Career
  • Madhumati Ramesh – Code for Denver
  • Stephanie Rodriquez – American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Bijal Shah – Ibotta
  • Gwen Shuster-Haynes – Project Lead the Way
  • Jim Stanton – MassCan
  • Michelle Wallace – STEMsCO


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Computer Science Professional Development Opportunities

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Computer Science Resources

THE CHALLENGE: High School Students are Unprepared for 
Colorado Tech Jobs 

While the number of Colorado jobs requiring computer science skills continues to grow, the number and diversity of Colorado students prepared for these jobs is shrinking. Fewer than 70 of Colorado’s 479 high schools (less than 15 percent) offer the prerequisite courses to prepare students for technology jobs.

There is a striking lack of diversity in Colorado’s computer science workforce. A major factor is the decline of computer science classes in Colorado schools, where enrollment of minority and female students continues to lag. In 2013, only 370 high school students statewide took the Advanced Placement Computer Science exam, with stark underrepresentation of females and minorities.

Join the Compute Colorado Task Force to kick off the development of a strategy for Colorado to increase the number and diversity of K-12 students excited and prepared to fill Colorado’s in demand tech sector jobs.

THE FACTS: Computational Thinking — An Essential 21st Century Skill for Coloradoans
As the national economy continues to become increasingly digital, developing a talent pipeline is vital. Over half of the projected U.S. STEM jobs will require computational thinking, making computer science an essential 21st century skill.

This is particularly important to Colorado, where high-tech innovation propels economic growth that continues to outpace the rest of the country. Exposure to computer science leads to some of the highest-paying jobs in Colorado, and could increase social mobility for underrepresented populations.

Even as STEM and computer science jobs are projected to grow, Colorado employers are forced to look elsewhere for talent. Since 2010, Colorado companies have spent $19 million annually to import talent from outside the U.S. to fill unmet demand.

“There are currently 16,000 open tech jobs in Colorado. Thirty percent are expected to require four-year computer science degrees. The remaining 70 percent would be employable with high school diplomas — but only with quality K-12 computer science education.”
– Wendy Nkomo, Chief Operating Offcer, Colorado Technology Association