Tiffany Wagner, will share her story as a woman in tech and the journey from software developer to Executive Director at one of America’s leading corporations. Hear her highlights & challenges and learn more about JPMorgan Chase’s commitment to advancing women into leadership positions in technology. Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Time: 4-5:30 p.m. Location: We Can Code IT, 2645 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43202 Details: FREE Parking /Refreshments Provided This event is FREE and open to the public. Invite friends, colleagues and others who are interested in learning why now is the time for women in technology. RSVP https://wecancodeit.org/events/inclusion-in-tech
By Amanda Bates | Photo by John Goldy By 2020 there will be one million unfilled jobs in the United States in the technology field alone, according to veteran software engineer and entrepreneur Mel McGee. McGee is the CEO and lead instructor of We Can Code IT, an adult education program striving to diversify the technology and engineering fields in Northeast Ohio. The idea to begin We Can Code IT gradually formed in McGee’s mind as she spoke with women after presenting at tech conferences. Very often women would ask if she would teach them to code. “It became clear that they were kind of intimidated by my male peers, so they felt more comfortable asking me,” she says. Through We Can Code IT, her goal is to fill a greater percentage of those one million open positions with women and people of color, both of which are underrepresented in STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) careers. We Can Code IT offers full-time and part-time coding boot camps, which are highly comprehensive and focused on providing the relevant, practical information students will need to find employment in the technology fields. Read more at http://cbcmagazine.com/2016/04/28/higher-education-profile-mel-mcgee-ceo-we-can-code-it/
Mel McGee was doing tech before many of today’s tech-preneurs were even born. At 12, she hooked up her family’s very first modem — one of those early kinds with a cradle for the telephone’s handset — to help her Realtor parents enter properties into the multiple listing service. She wrote her first program at about 10, a scroll of her name running continuously across the screen. Today much of her energy goes into We Can Code IT, a company she founded last year that provides coding bootcamps and workshops designed to teach programming to women, girls and minority groups typically underrepresented in technology and engineering. “We Can Code IT started because people were asking for training,” McGee says. “You follow the market. Which way is the current going?” Read more at http://ibmag.com/Main/Archive/Mel_McGee_12891.aspx
Mel McGee has been a computer programmer and teacher for the past 20 years. Now, as CEO of We Can Code IT, McGee and community outreach director Shana Mysko are holding coding bootcamps that are targeted at getting women and minorities careers in IT fields. “There will be one million unfilled jobs in IT by 2020,” explains McGee. “It’s a very in-demand industry and it continue to grow. Our whole economy is becoming IT based. There’s such a lack of diversity in IT. Employers would like to have more diversity.” Read more at http://www.freshwatercleveland.com/innovationnews/wecancodeit061715.aspx
After earning an undergraduate degree in computer science, Dee felt like an impostor. She didn’t have the mentorship or support to pursue her dream job in software, so she took a lower-paying job tertiarily related to computers. After working for a couple years, she learned about We Can Code IT and attended our part-time coding bootcamp while working. Weeks after graduating, she landed her dream job at Dakota Software! “At the end of the day, my experience in college was nice and I am grateful for my degree. But I owe a lot to We Can Code It for not only refreshing my mind in programming, but for also re-teaching me in such a positive and engaging way!”
Indira Samuels attended We Can Code IT’s part-time bootcamp, allowing her to rapidly gain skills in software development in just months. After graduating from the coding bootcamp, Indira landed her dream job as a software engineer with TMW, and more than quadrupled her pre-bootcamp earnings!