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At Flatiron School, we believe in creating a more diverse, inclusive tech workforce. To date, we’ve done this in a lot of ways, including helping over 1,000 women break into tech through impact-driven diversity initiatives and scholarships.
Today, we’re excited to announce our partnership with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). They’re committing to increasing accessibility and improving gender parity in tech in Michigan and Alabama with full-tuition scholarships.
Together, NCWIT and Flatiron School are delivering life-changing opportunities to women in Michigan and Alabama, equipping them with in-demand technology skills to either begin or level-up their career in tech. Starting in Summer 2020, NCWIT will fund full-tuition scholarships to women in Alabama and Michigan for Flatiron School’s Full-Time and Part-Time Online Software Engineering, Data Science and in Alabama only for Full-Time and Part-Time Online Cybersecurity Engineering courses. Eligible candidates will be able to learn online and change their career, regardless of their location or schedule.
Change is long overdue. In 2018, women made up only 20% of the tech workforce, according to Small Business Trends. Pushing for positive change, Flatiron School’s most recent Jobs Report shows that 35% of our students were women. With NCWIT, we’re working to further increase gender parity by fast-tracking tomorrow’s female tech talent to a new future with technical skills training. Together, we’re empowering women and dispelling misconceptions — women can launch careers in tech, women can thrive in tech, women can change the industry for the better.
Additionally, we’re looking forward to increasing technical training access to areas that aren’t considered your traditional tech hubs - Alabama and Michigan. The two states offer significant promise for women aspiring to tech careers. Last year, Birmingham, AL ranked as the number two up-and-coming tech mecca in the U.S. and in 2018, Michigan ranked third in net-tech job gains, promising growth in years to come in the tech sector.
Individuals in Michigan and Alabama who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary and are interested in pursing a computing or technical career may be eligible for a 100% scholarship to technical training opportunities through NCWIT’s Digital Skills Initiative. The courses available through Flatiron School are outlined below.
Alabama: Full-Time and Part-Time Online Software Engineering, Data Science and Cybersecurity Engineering
Michigan: Full-Time and Part-Time Online Software Engineering and Data Science
Women Make the Tech Industry Stronger
We’re looking forward to changing the face of tech with NCWIT, allowing women to learn to code without financial barriers.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 1,240 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase the influential and meaningful participation of girls and women—at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status—in the field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.
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