Montana Code Girls to Host Governor Bullock in Missoula During His “Innovate & Educate” Tour

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Governor Bullock to meet with members of the Montana Code Girls program to highlight new K-12 education policy initiatives and the importance of STEM education.

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Montana Code Girls gives young girls the opportunity to pursue their interests in technology through our free after-school program.

This Thursday, Governor Bullock will be meeting with members of the Montana Code Girls program in Missoula as part of his statewide Innovate & Educate tour. Montana Code Girls, founded in early 2016, is a statewide free after-school technology program for girls that teaches leadership, entrepreneurship and computer programming skills.

“I’m excited to be in Missoula with the Big Sky Code Academy as kids all over the state return back to classrooms, learning, friends, teachers, and other activities,” said Governor Bullock. “STEM initiatives like Montana Code Girls are essential to making sure that we equip all Montana students with the skills they need to succeed in a 21st century workforce and growing economy.”

“On behalf of the 28 girls who, earlier this year, participated in the Montana Code Girls pilot class, I am excited to welcome Governor Bullock to Missoula to meet with these amazing girls.” said Devin B. Holmes, Big Sky Code Academy and Montana Code Girls Founder. “We are proud to be part of the growing number of STEM education opportunities for young Montanans that will be the next generation of leaders building the future of Montana.”

With the number of girls involved in STEM activities dropping off around the age of ten and practical approaches to addressing the pay gap between men and women starting in middle school, programs like Montana Code Girls are designed to engage young girls in impactful programming in a safe and engaging environment. Montana Code Girls will be hosting Governor Bullock at the Missoula Public Library on Thursday September 1, 2016 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm. The meeting is open to the public and is free of charge.

For more information about Big Sky Code Academy’s Montana Code Girls initiative, please visit: mtcodegirls.org

About Big Sky Code Academy™
The Big Sky Code Academy is an accelerated coding boot camp offering online and on-site immersive training for the next generation of programmers. Designed to enable and empower all Montanans, the Academy recently launched two additional initiatives, Montana Code Girls™, and Code4Philanthropy™. Montana Code Girls offers events, after-school programs and summer camps to Montana’s girls and young women interested in technology, including sponsoring Montana’s Technovation Challenge teams, while Code4Philanthropy Fellows are placed with nonprofits across the state for a 12-month technology fellowship. To learn more, visit: bigskycodeacademy.org

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