Education in Software Programming will be the Focus of a New "Behind The Scenes" Public Television Piece with James Earl Jones

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New program will highlight the future of technology, and those educating themselves in the field.

An upcoming installment of Behind The Scenes, with host James Earl Jones, will explore the topic of education in software programming. As ever greater segments of the world economy, cultures and people all around the world become more and more dependent on computers and information processing systems, it becomes ever more challenging to produce enough competent software programmers to fulfill the demand.

What was once the purview strictly of advanced research and technology, information technology, has grown into a part of the average home and the average American lifestyle. Consumers communicate, learn, plan, navigate, and run nearly all our machines with the help of computers.

Because of the huge demand for professionals who can write the code which determines how our information technologies function is growing at an exponential pace, the way we train these techs is also rapidly changing. Alternative learning institutions are turning out capable graduates who are able to get top paying jobs without having to attend the most expensive colleges. Some professionals note that more and more employers are less interested in where graduates come from, and have become more concerned about what they know, and what they can do.

Some of these learning institutions charge students nothing at all. Employers are so anxious to employ their students, that they actually pay for access to them once they reach the job-seeking phase.

Behind The Scenes is an independently produced production, distributed to Public TV stations nationwide to be aired at their discretion. Behind The Scenes is not produced by or affiliated with APT or PBS.

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