Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology and engineering, announced Thursday it will expand to Miami, Detroit and San Jose, Calif. The expansion is being funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Girls Who Code, launched in 2012, pairs 300 hours of intensive instruction in robotics, web design and mobile development with mentorship from top female engineers and entrepreneurs. In its first venture outside of New York, Girls Who Code’s eight-week intensive summer programs will launch for 13- to 17-year-old girls this summer in Detroit and San Jose. Miami’s program will launch next year.
With 1.5 million computing jobs to fill by 2020, the U.S. is only expected to produce enough qualified candidates to fill 29 percent of those jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Today, just 14 percent of computer science degrees are awarded to women, compared to 37 percent in 1984, the U.S. Department of Commerce has found.