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Students Show Renewed Interest In Computer Science

The American Society for Engineering Education reports that The Ann Arbor (MI) News has identified that "After enrollment in computer science classes plummeted in the early part of the decade" following the implosion of the dot-com bubble, "students are starting to refill seats, local university officials say." Educators attribute this interest to "booming demand for computer science engineers in a weak economy and the ever-increasing cool factor of certain technologies, such as cyber security and gaming." The article notes that "double-digit growth of jobs in computer-related fields is expected to grow 26.4 percent between 2006 and 2016 from about 7.5 million to 9.5 million jobs." However, "growth isn't necessarily happening in all computer-related studies," some say, noting that "students seem to be flocking toward gaming and simulations or network security, but fewer are interested in learning technical engineering for computers."

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