Computer pros volunteer to teach girls programming

By Janet McConnaughey
July 21st, 2015

Professionals are increasing efforts to help girls develop an interest in computer programming

programming-girlsWhen organizers of a summer camp that includes a number of disadvantaged high-school girls asked about career plans, none of the girls talked about computer programming–work that pays well and has a shortage of women.

Now five are learning basic programming and 15 are in level 2 of the 7-week program created by a national nonprofit called Girls Who Code and taught at a church near Shreveport’s airport in northwest Louisiana.

Shaniah Hutcherson, the 13-year-old daughter of a Shreveport Fire Department administrator, said in a phone interview that she’d never thought about programming before her pastor’s wife asked girls if they wanted to join.

She said she did so “just for my church” but is now thinking of majoring in computer technology.

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