Accenture Helps African American Girls Become Tech-Savvy
Close to one dozen African American girls between the ages of 10 and 15 were able to receive coding instruction and exposure to corporate culture during a program entitled the “Hour of Code” hosted by Accenture, a global technology services company.
The participating young girls were led by Calena Jamieson, the East Coast program manager of Black Girls Code, at the event which was held at Accenture’s New York City location.
Employees of Accenture’s African American employee resource group were on hand to assist the participants with their coding, and Accenture’s research manager Shantel Moses organized the event on behalf of Accenture and Black Girls Code.
Employees of Accenture have pledged more than 10,000 hours of participation in Hour of Code tutorials, as well as to teach computer programming to students and encourage interest in and provide access to computer science education.
The company has collaborated with Code.org for the second year in a row to support Hour of Code. Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology and innovation officer and chief coder stated, “The need for more computer science graduates has never been greater. Last year, there were 500,000 new computing jobs available in the U.S., but only 40,000 qualified graduates to fill them. We all must do more to close the skills gap and prepare students to join the workforce of the future. In today’s digital world, exposing each and every student—particularly girls and minorities—to coding is just as critical as teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic. I am proud of the personal commitments Accenture employees are making to help introduce students to computer programming and the vast opportunities available to them in the computer science field.”
According to Hadi Partovi, co-founder and CEO of Code.org, there are plans to hold Hour-of-Code meet-ups in Atlanta, Manila, India and Paris.”Every student in every school should have access to computer science in order to become literate citizens of today’s digital world, and explore the possibilities of computer science careers,” said Hadi Partovi, co-founder and CEO of Code.org,” he said. “By engaging and mobilizing its global workforce to participate in Code.org events and in classrooms around the world, Accenture shares our vision and provides invaluable support in arming students with the skills they need to succeed in the future.”
By: Danielle Dixon
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