LITTLE ROCK – Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he will travel to several Arkansas high schools this month and next month to encourage students to sign up for computer science classes.

“I look forward to visiting schools across the state to continue promoting my computer science initiative in Arkansas,” Hutchinson said in a news release.

“It’s always encouraging to meet students who are excited to learn how to code, and it’s important that we maintain the momentum of this movement and continue to build awareness of the exciting opportunities in STEM and computer science fields,” he said.

All public high schools in Arkansas began offering computer science classes in the past school year under a state law approved last year by the Legislature and Hutchinson.

Hutchinson said stops on the tour, titled the 2016 Coding Tour, are:

Aug. 22: Benton High School and Bryant High School.

Aug. 23: Manila High School.

Aug. 24: Spring Hill High School.

Aug. 29: Helena-West Helena High School, KIPP Delta Collegiate High School, Marvell High School.

Sept. 7: Dumas New Tech High School

Sept. 13: Star City High School