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Hugh Carey, Deseret News
Gov. Gary Herbert reacts after completing a level in a coding computer game with local elementary school students during an event in support of "Hour of Code" in the state Capitol Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. "Hour of Code," a nonprofit code.org initiative backed by well-known technology experts, promotes computer science education to schools in Utah.

Gov. Herbert, the Utah Technology Council, and Pluralsight have joined forces to bring an ‘Hour of Code’ to Utah. This is a nationwide initiative organized by nonprofit Code.org and designed to encourage students of all ages to devote an hour to computer science education.

Gov. Herbert, who has made STEM and computer science a cornerstone of his education policy, along with Pluralsight would like to demonstrate a statewide commitment to helping Utah’s youth prepare for high-demand STEM jobs and to show students that anyone can learn to code. Along with pro-business policies, the governor's emphasis on education is aimed at helping Utah's economy build on its elite economic status.

Code.org is a public 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and minorities.