Google Offering Free Coding Courses to Women and Minorities

The website offers a unique opportunity to those underrepresented in the tech world. 

Posted: 07/01/2014 12:46 PM EDT
Google Offering Free Coding Courses to Women and Minorities

In an effort to increase diversity in the technology world, Google is offering three months of free coding courses for women and minorities through a partnership with the Code School and the Women Techmakers

The company continues to roll out initiatives to even the playing field for underrepresented groups following a report in May that revealed their employees are 70 percent male and 60 percent white. Just 2 percent of Google's workforce is Black and 3 percent are Latino; 30 percent are women.

"The situation is clear: we have a long way to go in order to create a diverse, open and inclusive tech community," writes Gregg Pollack, the CEO of Code School. "And while there is no silver bullet, we’re excited to work with Google on this piece of the educational puzzle."

Google is not an anomaly when it comes to lack of diversity. In the tech community, about 1 in 14 tech workers is Black or Latino, according to recent Census data.

The Code School Learning Opportunity, presented by Google, is aimed for those already in the technology community who are interested in furthering their skills through the Code School's online tools. Promo codes are being distributed to those attending Google's I/O developer conference.

Those interested in applying for the initiative can click here to apply

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