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Code Fellows Launches Women-Only Development Accelerator

Code Fellows, a Seattle-based digital trade school, today announced that it has launched a Development Accelerator offered exclusively for women interested in advancing their careers as Ruby on Rails web developers. The female-only course, which will have the same rigorous curriculum as Code Fellows’ other Rails Development Accelerators, is intended to address the widening gender gap in the software programming industry.

The 8-week program starts on July 7th and is designed for experienced developers looking to dive significantly deeper into Ruby on Rails development. Women participating in program will be eligible for Code Fellows’ $60k+ and $100k+ job-offer guarantee, depending on their prior programming experience.

“Women are still greatly outnumbered by their male counterparts in the programming industry,” said Kristin Smith, Code Fellows CEO. “While it was once a female-dominated industry, the pendulum has swung back hard in the other direction. We’re simply looking to make the opportunity in today’s tech environment more equitable for smart women with superior programming skills.”

According to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor, women only comprise 34% of web developers and only 20% of all types of software developers.

“At Expedia our mission is to, ‘Re-invent travel through the power of technology,’” said Aman Bhutani, SVP Expedia Worldwide Engineering. “We have invested behind that mission and our technology teams have grown in size, scale and capability. Building and growing teams of highly capable technologists, regardless of gender, is one of today’s greatest challenges. Achieving gender balance is even more difficult in technology organizations and many hypotheses exist for this covering the spectrum from culture to self-selection to expectations. A women-only Development Accelerator program from Code Fellows has helped us connect with female developers that are well trained and bring the right combination of attitude and aptitude. We are excited to support this program.”

According to Code Fellows’ recently published data, 82% of its graduates receive a job offer within three months of graduating – with an average starting salary of $75,600 per year. The top reported salary offer for a Code Fellows graduate in 2013 was $155,000.

Additionally, 18% of Code Fellows’ graduates have chosen to start their own business. Diana Pham, Co-Founder of Seattle-based DinoHulk, which specializes in developing educational story-based apps for kids, is one of 19 women who graduated from Code Fellows’ July 2013 women-only development program.

“After being accepted into the program, the fact that I was able to keep up with everyone in class – even though I was working nights and weekends – made me feel invincible,” Pham said. “Code Fellows helped me realize that I had the skills to compete, and that I was in control of my life. It was my springboard for launching DinoHulk.”

To learn more about Code Fellows, or to apply, visit www.CodeFellows.org.

About Code Fellows

Code Fellows is a Seattle-based digital trade school that guarantees high-paying job offers after successful completion of its development accelerators. Their staff, students, and alumni are passionate about helping individuals, communities, and organizations thrive by providing world-class technical education, career coaching, and job placement services. To learn more about Code Fellows, visit www.codefellows.org.

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