Microsoft Launches Techspark Initiative

North Dakota is one of six states the program will be

FARGO, ND — North Dakota is one of six states Microsoft is launching its initiative “Techspark.”

It aims to drive economic development by providing broadband internet to the entire state within the next five years.

They also plan to do so by creating more computer science programs in North Dakota high schools.

There are currently only three high schools in the state offering AP computer science courses.

“There’s definitely a gap. We definitely need more kids to get in those stem fields and get exposed to stem careers and this is what we’re all about,” said Taya Spelhaug, Techspark manager of North Dakota.

Microsoft has also partnered with NDSU’s 4-H Youth Development.

Microsoft’s President Brad Smith and Governor Doug Burgum were among those who spoke at the launch.

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