Grand Circus launches coding bootcamp for women

Posted at 8:00 AM, May 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 11:12:16-04

It's no secret the tech industry is predominately made up of a male workforce.

But now there are organizations and opportunities out there to promote diversity in tech, recruiting more women for jobs in IT.

Grand Circus, the tech training center in Detroit, is launching DEVELOP(her). It's a 10 week full-time coding bootcamp specifically for women that will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

The boot camps will be held in Detroit and Flint. 

The big news: it's free thanks to a collaboration with the Hagerman Foundation and TEKsystems.

The bootcamp will mold students into Java developers ready to jump into a high-growth field, according to a news release from Grand Circus.  After the session, they'll receive early career mentorship from the Michigan Council of Women in Technology.

“Ultimately we’d like to see Michigan lead the nation for women in IT,” said Cindy Warner, president of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation, in a news release. “To do this, we must collaborate to expose more women to these careers and connect them with like-minded people who can help inspire and demonstrate how rewarding a job in IT can be.”

The DEVELOP(her) bootcamp starts July 18 with an initial class of 20 students.

Applications open on May 16. The women who apply must be Michigan residents interested in a career in tech. Applicants must also have a bachelor's degree or higher. 

Find out more details from Grand Circus here.