- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says she wants to double the number of graduates with degrees in computer science in Rhode Island by 2025.

Raimondo spoke at a computer science summit Wednesday at the University of Rhode Island.

To double the number of graduates, Raimondo wants to grow computer science programs in schools, improve the quality of computer science educators and ensure computer science opportunities are equitable by closing participating gaps.

Raimondo says nine colleges in Rhode Island produced 817 graduates in the computer science field in 2017, while more than 1,300 computing jobs were open in the state.

She says projections show there will be 2,500 computing jobs available in Rhode Island by 2020.

Raimondo says students need computer science skills to compete for high-paid jobs in growing industries.

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