Google Offers to Pay for Women, Minorities to Build Code Skills
June 30, 2014 2:05 PM
Individuals must already be in the tech field
Google is looking to boost the skills of women and minorities in the tech sector by paying for coding lessons. Google, which
made the announcement
at a women in technology panel at Google I/O, said it will pay for thousands of free lessons in coding for women and minorities via
, an online resource for both free and paid code tutorials and exercises.
Google said it would select thousands of individuals and pay for three months of their Code School memberships.
The tech giant said that the latest initiative -- which is part of Google's $50 million
Made with Code initiative
-- comes after the realization that only a quarter of IT jobs are held by women and only 3 percent of scientists and engineers are African-Americans.
The Made with Code initiative was launched by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, who is currently Google's highest ranking female employee. Inspired by her own daughter, Wojcicki started the Google effort to get other young girls interested in studying computer science.
"Unfortunately, there are far too few women like them and far too few young girls following their paths. In fact, fewer than one percent of high school girls express interest in majoring in computer science," said Wojcicki.
"This is an issue that hits home for me. My school-age daughter instinctively knows how to play games, watch videos and chat with friends online. She understands technology. And she likes using technology. But, she never expressed any interest in creating it herself.
"So, I decided to launch a campaign at home —
connecting my daughter to coding resources
, increasing my encouragement and introducing her to other girls interested in computer science...Nowadays, coding isn’t just a skill useful for working at a tech company; engineering isn’t just for engineers. Interior design. Medicine. Architecture. Music. No matter what a girl dreams of doing, learning how to code will help her get there. Their future — our future — is made with code. Let’s do what we can to make sure that future is as bright as possible."
Wojcicki is the only female member of Google's 14-person "Management Team" of "Executive Officers" (6 men, 0 women) and "Senior Leadership (7 men, 1 woman). Now Ms. Wojcicki,
Women at Google make up only 17 percent of Google's tech employees, while African-Americans account for 1 percent and Hispanics make up 2 percent of Google's tech workers.
Those interested can apply
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