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County Update With Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman Supervisor Mike Wasserman was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in November 2010, and re-elected in 2014. He represents District 1, which includes Gilroy, San Martin, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and portions of San Jose. (supervisorwasserman.org) Free Youth Computer Coding Classes at Morgan Hill and Gilroy Libraries Y outh Coding Classes are now being offered at all Santa Clara County Library District libraries, free of charge! As the Chair of the Santa Clara County Library District, I wanted to make computer coding classes more accessible to kids, especially to our under-served youth. Computer coding, a system of signals representing letters or numbers which are then transmitted electronically to a computer to complete a task, is becoming increasingly important in today’s electronic world as well as the skills and knowledge needed to write and create these codes. The new, robust offering of coding classes and events include Hour of Code, CodeF1rst, Girls Who Code, Introduction to Arduinos, Teen Hackathon/CU Hacks, Middle School Intro to Programming using Javascript, Miss CEO, Steam Robotics Classes, Java Coding Class, CoderDojo Coding Club and more. An educated workforce serves every- one’s interests: better paying jobs when kids finish school and more local hiring. The earlier that a girl or boy can learn to code, the more ingrained these skills will be. We wouldn’t expect future doctors to take their first biology classes in college; why should tech workers wait to learn these fundamental skills until much later in their studies? They shouldn’t! It is vitally important for our cur- rent and future local workforce have these fundamental skills. According to GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 the founders of Hour of Code, comput- ing jobs are the #1 source of new wages in the United States. And while there are currently 523,222 open computing jobs nationwide, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the work- force last year. It’s time to change that. And free library coding classes for kids are a good start. Visit the Library District website for more information: sccl.org. gmhtoday.com 73