Tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, yet too many girls are being left out of them. By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing related fields. However, women are on track to fill just 3 percent of these jobs. Through AT&T Aspire, AT&T has teamed-up with Girls Who Code to help close the gender gap and build a skilled and diverse workforce pipeline for the future.
This summer, AT&T is proud to host a Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at our AT&T Entertainment Group campus in El Segundo, as well as AT&T offices in Atlanta, Austin, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The free 7-week program teaches young women – rising high school juniors and seniors – everything from mobile app development to robotics to web design. In addition to classroom education, girls in the program receive exposure to the real world of computer science, through field trips and meeting some of the top executives of technology companies.
Applications are now open for the 2017 program through March 17th. As an introductory computer science course, no previous experience is required, and all eligible applicants who have an interest in technology and a willingness to learn are encouraged to apply. There is no cost to attend the program and stipends are available to cover transportation and living expenses.
Programs like this one are essential to employers like AT&T. Every year, AT&T welcomes approximately 25,000 new hires to our company, and it is critical that each one is able to hit the ground running from day one with the skills necessary for success. This includes “hard skills” like science, technology, engineering and math, as almost 75% of AT&T’s recent new hires begin their careers with us in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) job.
Investments to narrow the gender gap in technology are also critical to the future competitiveness of California and our nation. Women make up more than 57% the workforce in California and nationwide. Ensuring that the next generation of women have clear pathways to careers in technology will go a long way in keeping the 21st century innovation economy moving forward.
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Click here for more information and to apply for the 2017 Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program hosted by AT&T.