Sisters Code – Detroit
The beginner class description states: “Whether you are looking to re-career into the field of technology, become a front-end developer, design a personal or business website, start a business, or simply try something new, this class is for you.” The classes, which began in August of 2013, are now referred to as ‘cohort’ according to the month in which it is held, such as September Cohort. Classes are held at Henry Ford Health Systems – Corporate Office, in Detroit.
The mission of Sisters Code is to “educate, empower, and entice women ages 25 – 85 to explore the world of coding and technology.”
Two other goals (in the funding stage, as of Sept. 2015) of the organization are:
The Sisters Code organization also participates in STEM-related events for young girls, such as camps and workshops. An example is the March 2015 middle school hackathon sponsored by Ford and broadcast on MSNBC.
Weekend Website Warrior:
Advanced Weekend Website Warrior
The descriptions for both classes state that: “Our weekend website program is not just a “one hit wonder,” we pride ourselves with providing you with the tools you need to become a coder and provide after class resources including: Updates on technology career opportunities, Invitation to professional technology networking opportunities, Access to a community of women with similar goals and experiences.”
See the Events page for upcoming classes. The links above are from two previously held classes. Classes have been offered every three months. In May of 2015, both a beginner and advanced class were offered.
The 2-day class is $155. Cash refunds are not offered, but the class payment may be used towards another Sisters Code class. Registration is completed through Eventbrite, by filling in a name, email address, and mailing address, and paying with credit card.
Chandra Floyd‘s April 4, 2014 post on her website, My Journey into I.T., describes that she was hooked on getting into IT after taking a Sisters Code Weekend Website Warrior class, and was inspired to continue taking code classes in her quest.
A February 24, 2014 article by Tom Zimmer on dbusiness describes the 2020 BYTE 2020 campaign of Sisters Code, and the fundraising needed to launch a 13-week course.
A March 10, 2014 article by Alan Stamm on Deadline Detroit describes a presentation about Detroit’s ‘brand’ at the South by Southwest conference in Austin. Marlin Page, founder of Sisters Code, was a speaker.
A January 25, 2015 article by Emma Ockerman on Detroit Free Press, titled Coding classes help women change career, highlights the various classes, including Sisters Code, in the Detroit area, profiles one Sisters Code student now working with software testing, and quotes Marlin Page, founder of Sisters Code, about its classes and the age range and backgrounds of students.
A March 24, 2015 article by Amanda Lewin on Michipreneur lists Sisters Code as one of the places to learn technology skills in Detroit, which is experiencing a ‘technology surge’.
SISTERS CODE LINKS:
Sisters Code videos, clips from MSNBC, Live in the D – WDIV, profiles of graduates.
Sisters Code blog posts that highlight events, announcements, goals, and achievements.
Sisters Code tagline: “Awakening the Mature Geek”. Mission: “Sisters Code is a global social enterprise with a mission to educate, empower, and entice women ages 25 – 85 to explore the world of coding and technology.”
@SistersCode Twitter statement reads: “We educate, empower & entice women ages 25 – 85 to explore the world of coding & technology. Re-Careering 2020 Women in the tech field BY 2020. #2020BY2020”
Sisters Code Facebook page.
Sisters Code Linked In company statement reads: “While women make up 46.7% of the U.S. workforce, they represent less than 25% of S.T.E.M. Workers. Sisters Code’s mission is to empower, educate and entice women ages 25 – 85 to explore the world of coding and technology. Bottom-line: This is not a “one-off” class. Our goal is to actually bridge the technology gender gap by preparing women to re-career into the field of technology by offering a full-cycle experience while building a community of practice and philanthropy. Through our staffing arm, we are dedicated to helping women identify and locate career opportunities in the technology field. We offer “unconventional” educational opportunities for women looking to re-career into the field of technology.”