Google teams up with MotherCoders: tech courses from moms to moms

Mom coding with her son at home

MotherCoders activities are designed for moms currently caring for at least one child 17 years old or younger, who are re-entering the workforce, entrepreneurs, or moms already working.

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New York City, Queens and Brooklyn public libraries will host Google and MotherCoders nine-week training program aimed at moms with college degrees and work experience. NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, MotherCoders Founder and CEO, Tina Lee, and Google announced a partnership to empower moms with tech training programs.

MotherCoders activities are taught and designed for moms currently caring for at least one child 17 years old or younger, who are re-entering the workforce, entrepreneurs, or for those who are already working.

“We need to do all we can to connect talented people with tech opportunities, including mothers, who have historically been underrepresented in the field. MotherCoders innovative combination of training and childcare takes that issue head on, helping us to build a tech ecosystem that is truly representative of NYC,” stated Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen.

Courses have the purpose of instilling HTML, CSS, and Javascript skills, while preparing moms for tech careers through hands-on industry knowledge with company visits, in-depth explorations of marketplace trends and issues, and a built-in network of learning moms.

"Creating opportunities for everyone and increasing access to CS Education is a something we have in common with MotherCoders and Women.nyc and we can't wait to see the impact this program has on women across the city,” said Carley Graham Garcia, Head of External Affairs for Google NYC.

It is worth mentioning that on-site, free childcare is an essential part of the MotherCoders approach, and it will be available at no cost by the babysitting agency Sitter Studio —artistic caregivers and creative childcare solutions.

After completing this training program, students are expected to demonstrate technical skills to prospective employers by creating a website or creating a prototype of a product idea. Although this Google initiative is only for New York residents, it is expected to reach more moms from other states soon.

The application period is open until December 16, 2018, and courses will begin on February 2019.

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