James Golick Grant For Women in Computology
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Being passively inclusive isn’t enough. James Golick, an advocate for diversity in the tech industry, knew. “We need to actively recruit and mentor women until we reach critical mass,” he wrote in a blog post. Maybe it was the love for his sister, Marlee, or his love for people what drove him. “James could talk to anyone and once he had, he never let you go,” his mother, Jill Golick, wrote in a blog post. In 2014, James Golick died tragically in a car accident during a visit to Mexico. To honor him, his family and friends created The James Golick Grant for Women in Computology. The grant is designed to help women advance their careers as developers. Angela Lindow, a mother of three and a current student, was the first Turing School recipient of the grant. She is graduating in November 2016. “We are incredibly impressed by everything about the Turing School,” said Ms. Golick. “We were delighted to play a small part in helping Angela Lindow attend because we think her tenure at Turing could change her life forever.” Representatives from the James Golick Grant search for women, like Angela, who need additional support for tuition, childcare, conference travel or any other challenge they might face. “We are extremely thankful for this grant,” said Jorge Téllez, Director of Growth & Operations at Turing School. “We will honor James Golick’s life by continuing his fight for diversity.” For more information about the James Golick Grant, please contact Jill Golick at [email protected]
Going Through Coding School As A Hispanic
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This blog post first appeared on Julian's personal blog on January 27th, 2016, which you can find here . Roughly eight months ago I made the decision to make software development my career. This decision came fairly easy. Since I can remember I’ve had a veryclose relationship with computers growing up. Born and raised in the inner-city of Chicago, my parents were always weary about having me play on the streets without supervision. So as a substitute, they purchased a computer to occupy my time when they were not able to watch me. Tech opened up the world to me when I couldn’t interact with the world just outside my house. Though the choice to go into tech was easy, figuring out which path to take was not. College? Self-teaching? Coding school? It was extremely overwhelming. While researching my options, I realized a question that I constantly asked myself: What are these schools actively doing to help underrepresented groups in the tech industry? A common theme was many of the coding schools I researched made it know that they wanted to help the diversity issue present in tech. Though great in theory, how genuine were they being? Through much research and deliberation I decided on the Turing School of Software & Design in Denver, CO. Let me take you through the whole process, from applying to attending, and how Turing creates an environment that is welcoming to every and any background. Actively Making Contact During my research into coding schools, Saron Yitbarek , founder of the CodeNewbies community had just done a podcast with Jeff Casimir, founder of the Turing School. The interview touched on many subjects, but one that stood out to me was Jeff’s experience in the tech world along with his background in being apart of Teach...
October Scholarship Announcement
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Turing stands for the inclusion and equality of all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, zip code, background, or life experience. When we look at the tech industry overall, though, we see significant biases and a lot of missing faces. So many amazing people who could make monumental contributions to software development have not yet entered the field. This needs to change. People build software to solve problems, but we tend to only solve problems when we know they exist. Until the experiences of all software developers begin to mirror the experiences of all software users, real problems will remain unsolved and real needs will remain unmet. If you don’t see yourself as fitting some “typical software developer mold”, then you are exactly who we need. We want you to study at Turing precisely because you break the mold. Your differences are valuable. At Turing School, we want to do what we can to address whatever is holding you back; whether it’s a lack of role models, an unwelcoming and exclusive culture in the industry, unhelpful policies, limited exposure to technology, or simply not realizing what a great fit you might be. We know there are some things we can’t change, but we are committed to accomplishing what we can. Let’s start with access to an unsurpassed education and build a community together. We’ll help you form a support network, connect you with mentors, and stand with you as you launch and grow your career. One thing we can do right now is help with the cost. In July, we launched our first ever scholarship program for women. Today, we’re expanding the scholarship program to include all underrepresented groups from now on. We have several scholarships available at $4,000/each, starting in October. If you belong to any group...
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