Promoting tech to teen girls: Free program spreads to Atlanta

Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit, said it’s expanding to Atlanta with free summer sessions teaching high-school girls tech skills. The online application process opened Tuesday at

The tech industry skews male and various programs aim to boost the presence of women in the industry and in other business areas.

Girls Who Code announced it will hold programs exploring robotics, mobile app development and website development in 11 cities this year, including first-time offerings in Atlanta and Austin for rising 11th and 12th graders.

A total of 60 girls are expected to take part in the Atlanta sessions, which run for seven weeks, Monday through Friday, from about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sessions include two with AT&T and one with Accenture, according to a spokeswoman. Some need-based scholarship money is available to help participants with transportation and lost wages.

Meanwhile, other efforts are underway to expand the role of women in some corners of the local economy.

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