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Thousands of students take small step towards careers that are years away

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Posted at 6:39 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 01:25:49-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - About 5,000 Chula Vista Elementary School District students are digging a little deeper into their computers this week for "The Hour of Code."

The nationwide event encourages students to learn the basics of coding, which is basically creating the programs that operate on a computer. The program is meant to get children familiar with real world skills that could prepare them for high paying, in-demand jobs.

"It makes sure that we have enough people in the pipeline to fill those awesome jobs in the future," said Chula Vista Elementary School District's Director of Instructional Technology Antwon Lincoln. "They're using geometry to do that. They're using critical thinking skills."

"I mean, think about it -- being able to compose and create technology. That's what it's all about," Lincoln added.

While nearly 5,000 CVESD students were expected to sign up this week in the Hour of Code, more than 10,000 are expected to participate in Chula Vista alone.