COOS BAY — The Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board is adding a couple clubs to the Girls Who Code schedule. Girl in grades 6 through 12 interested in joining should email gwc@sowib.org for more information on how to register.

Club start dates and locations:

Tuesdays starting Sept. 26:

5-7 p.m. WorkSource Coos Club, 990 S Second St., Coos Bay

4:30-6:30 p.m. Curry Public Library, 94341 Third St., Gold Beach

4:30-6:30 p.m. Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon, 3333 Walnut Ave., Coos Bay (subject to change)

Thursdays starting Sept. 28:

4:30-6:30 p.m. Bandon Public Library, 1204 11th St. SW, Bandon

4:30-6:30 p.m. Roseburg Salsa Company, 719 SE Jackson St., Roseburg

Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology. According to founder Reshma Saujuani, “When girls learn to code, they become change agents in their communities. Whether it’s a game to illustrate the experience of an undocumented immigrant or a website to provide free college prep, our girls create technology that makes the world a better place.”

Interesting Info:

• Tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, yet girls are being left behind. While interest in computer science ebbs over time, the biggest drop off happens between the ages of 13-17.

• The gender gap in computing has actually been getting worse since the 1980s. In 1984 37 percent of computer science graduates were women. Now that number is 18 percent

• By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing related fields. US graduates are on track to fill 29 percent of those jobs. Women are on track to fill just 3 percent.

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