Girls in Tech Announces New Program: CODE G Level II in Python

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An intermediate level, week-long bootcamp aimed to support women early in their careers.

Bootcamps such as CODE G are critical for closing that loop from both a technical, skill-building perspective and a practical, confidence perspective.

Girls in Tech, a non-profit organization focused on the empowerment, education, and entrepreneurship of women in technology, today announces the launch of CODE G: Level II. This new intermediate coding program is designed to teach web development using Python and help more women obtain tech jobs.

CODE G’s pilot bootcamp took place last month in San Francisco, and more will take place throughout the year.

“CODE G: Level II is a great way to learn and grow Python skills,” says Girls in Tech Founder and CEO Adriana Gascoigne. “We’re excited about this new iteration of the CODE G program and all the opportunities it offers participants.”

According to the National Science Foundation, women are underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce, although the gap is shortening. Although women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, they only make up 29% of America’s science and engineering workforce. Female scientists and engineers are concentrated in different occupations than males; women comprise 62% of social scientists and 48% of scientists working in life sciences, but only 15% of engineers and 25% of those in computer and mathematical sciences.

Education and exposure to new, job market-ready skills is one big way to reduce that gap.

Inside CODE G: Level II

The CODE G: Level II bootcamp consists of immersive 40-hour, five-day courses conducted in person for face-to-face mentorship with instructors. These courses are a mix of instruction, coding, experimentation, and deployment of original creations.

Each CODE G: Level II bootcamp hosts approximately 20 participants broken up into four to five smaller groups.

At our most recent CODE G: Level II bootcamp, held at the AWS Loft in San Francisco from January 28 to February 1, participants worked on Python essentials, web development inside Flask, using Git for version control and interfacing Python sites with SQL databases, creating databases inside SQLAlchemy, and deploying Python code in cloud environments.

Finished projects at the pilot CODE G: Level II bootcamp included a tech company employee satisfaction visualization tool leveraging Kaggle data, a Twitter search term visualization tool, and a dynamic web app for browsing California water quality data.

CODE G: Level II bootcamps are offered thanks to Girls in Tech partners Nutanix, Cisco, and EWC.

Why CODE G Matters

CODE G was developed to help intermediate-level coders build and improve their skills. After conversations with Girls in Tech’s partners who are committed to diversity, we understood that one of the tech industry’s needs is to help talent with strong technical foundations bolster their skills in order to pass technical tests with day-to-day, hands-on skills that are critical for working as a web developer.

Participants at the initial CODE G: Level II bootcamp noted that the experience helped build software engineering skills, offered unique networking opportunities, offered a supportive space for women in tech to learn, and gave participants the chance to build in-depth Python skills outside of a conventional work project.

Education and confidence building are two of the most important factors needed to end gender inequality in the tech industry. Bootcamps such as CODE G are critical for closing that loop from both a technical, skill-building perspective and a practical, confidence perspective.

Working in conjunction with tech companies hiring talent every day, Girls in Tech believes that education and new initiatives such as these can make a major difference for workers entering the industry.

To partner with Girls in Tech on bootcamps or other programs, please visit: https://girlsintech.org/partnerships/

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