Black Girls Code Comes to Miami Dade College
Miami, November 5, 2013 -
Miami Dade College's (MDC) Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center is trailblazing a path for young, black girls to become familiarized with the technical world. The first of its kind in South Florida, Black Girls Code looks to focus on the future of young girls who have been “excluded” from the tech boom and get them involved, early.
The non-profit organization – that got its start in San Francisco and is now featured in other cities like New York, Detroit, and Memphis – is coming to Miami as part of a partnership with The Miami Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT). The curriculum is designed for elementary, middle-, and high-school students, and will feature hands-on workshops like building an app or game, and how to “Build a Webpage in a Day” on Saturday, Nov. 23.
Black Girls Code is a national organization established to provide young girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up. The program targets girls ages 7 through 17, and seeks to increase the number of girls of color who are introduced to programming and technology to create a new generation of coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.
“We are honored to work with MDEAT by hosting this program – in our fully-WIFI computer classrooms and in a collegiate setting – which sends a strong message about the power of education and innovation,” said Malou C. Harrison, interim North Campus president.
Faculty and students from the North Campus School of Engineering and Technology will serve as volunteers at the Black Girls Code November event. Senior high-school participants will also receive academic guidance on pathways to pursuing careers in technology-related fields.
“This is an ideal collaboration,” said John Dixon, executive director, Miami Dade Economic Advocacy Trust. “MDEAT is utilizing its role as an action-oriented advocacy organization to bring this national resource – Black Girls Code – to Miami and to give young girls of color the opportunity to gain exposure to the in-demand jobs of the future.”
MDC’s Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center to Hosts Black Girls Code Workshops
Saturday, Nov. 23, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- WHERE: Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, Room 1103
6300 NW 7 Ave.
- COST: Free, but you must register
For more information, contact H. Leigh Toney, Executive Director, Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, 305-237-1903 or visit www.mdc.edu/north/eec.
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