We feel strongly that the solution to introducing children to code and STEM fields at earlier ages starts with our educators, who can bring the skills back to the classroom.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 01, 2014
Tech Talent South, an Atlanta-based code education startup, has announced new initiatives for getting more teachers and women involved in the tech community. With intensive courses and training programs focused on web development, the startup aims to make learning code more accessible to both educators and women. The plan includes recruiting strategies designed to attract more teachers and women into the fields of web development and computer science, as well as scholarships and incentives that make the courses more accessible.
The first step is the Teachers Initiative which matches any amount that an educator or school system is willing to put towards a teacher's tuition at Tech Talent South's Code Immersion program.
"We feel strongly that the solution to introducing children to code and STEM fields at earlier ages starts with our educators, who can bring the skills back to the classroom. It is important that we find ways to connect with kids and make them aware of the exciting possibilities that are available to them in technology and computer studies," said Tech Talent South cofounder Richard Simms.
A second initiative to encourage more women in tech, particularly in the Southeast, involves extensive community outreach as well as female-only scholarships.
"Jobs in computer science are growing at two times the national average, but the percentage of women in computer science is on the decline. More women are needed in the industry, and Tech Talent South wants to be part of that drive. I found the experience of learning code so empowering that I launched Tech Talent South with [cofounder] Richard Simms to help other professional women learn the digital skills they need to get involved and make a difference," explained cofounder Betsy Hauser Idilbi.
The startup is also working with local chapters of female-oriented tech groups like Girl Develop It to spread to word about the program and increase the number of female applicants. Several of the program's female graduates thus far have entered into the startup space or joined nearby web development ventures, and Tech Talent South hopes to see this trend continue at its new campuses in Charlotte, Asheville and Raleigh, NC.
About The Company
Tech Talent South provides beginner-focused programs teaching web development and coding to adults and children throughout the Southeast. Our goal is to bring code education to our region and empower people who are on a mission to do something big!
Tech Talent South offers a full-time 8-week Code Immersion program, part-time evening courses, as well as free youth code camps and an Intro to Game Development course. Our graduates range from a medical doctor who left her own practice to learn code and join a startup, business owners, former computer science majors looking to learn more current web applications, to those simply looking for new opportunities or learn to code. Our 8-week programs also includes mentorship from local developers and entrepreneurs, special guest speakers, and team building excursions.
Betsy Hauser Idilbi