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One local group is bringing more classes to women interested in learning about web development. Read on for more about their upcoming events and new announcements.

Becky Blank and Becky Sroufe, Cincinnati Chapter Leaders of Girl Develop It
Becky Blank and Becky Sroufe, Cincinnati Chapter Leaders of Girl Develop It

With chapters in 54 cities, including Cincinnati, Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide women with affordable and judgement-free opportunities in the tech industry.

According to Girl Develop It, women are underrepresented in technology, which is experiencing greater growth than any other industry. However, through in-person classes and community support, Girl Develop It is helping women from diverse backgrounds achieve technology goals while also building confidence in their careers as well as their everyday lives.

Cincinnati’s chapter is run by Becky Blank and Becky Sroufe, who this year, set a goal to offer at least one new curriculum per quarter. For the class rotation, the Girl Develop It Cincinnati Chapter Leaders were able to offer classes in Javascript, Python, Git/Github and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

“We are also excited to be one of the designated technical training programs included as part of the recent TechHire designation Cincinnati was given by the White House,” says Sroufe. “TechHire is an initiative commissioned by the White House, dedicated to creating better pathways to technical jobs via non-traditional technical training, like Girl Develop It.”

There are only 30 cities across the country that have been given this special designation, according to Blank. “We’re proud that Cincinnati was one of them and GDI is excited to be a part of it,” she adds. To learn more about TechHire, click here.

Next month, Blank and Sroufe will meet with other Girl Develop It Chapter Leaders in Philadelphia for the annual GDI Chapter Leader Summit. There, they’ll meet with women from the other 53 chapters of Girl Develop It to share ideas about how to continue to improve the mission of the organization.

As for the remainder of the year, Girl Develop It’s Cincinnati Chapter will be offering three more classes: Intro to HTML/CSS, which starts Nov. 2, Intermediate HTML/CSS, also starting Nov. 2 and Intro to SEO, which begins Nov. 16.

Although they’ll be taking a break during the month of December, Sroufe says they’ll jump right into 2016 with a networking Happy Hour for students, potential new students and other community members who want to meet the crew.

They also plan to host an Intro to Web Concepts workshop, an Intro to Javascript class and another installment of the popular Intro to HTML/CSS class in January. “Almost all of our courses are designed for beginning coders and are open to anyone age 18 and up who is interested in learning about web development,” says Blank.

To learn more about the Cincinnati Chapter of Girl Develop It, visit www.girldevelopit.com. You’ll find Cincinnati on the chapters page. You can also register for upcoming classes on Meetup. “We’re also always seeking chapter and class sponsors to support our ongoing mission to bring more women into the tech industry,” says Blank. “Interested organizations can contact us via cincinnati@girldevelopit.com.”

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