© 2022 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Kansas City women turning into job-qualified coders

Ways To Subscribe
Co-workers at Denver's Galvanize, a tech hub in Colorado's capital.
KCUR
As of 2019 females made up 19% of software developers in the U.S.

Launch Code is bringing Coder Girl to the metro. The program provides training to write computer code and the opportunity for jobs in tech to women only.

LaunchCode aims to draw more women into the tech field with CoderGirl, a new free course in the Kansas City area.

The program helps self-identifying women and non-binary people enter the tech field.

Participants choose one of three specialized tracks: Data analysis, Introduction to product, or Java web development. After completing the course, they also have access to LaunchCode's job-readiness program, Liftoff, and its apprenticeship program.

Leah Freeman, director of public relations at Launch Code discussed the need for a more diverse workforce in the industry.

Freeman points out, "A variety of backgrounds and a variety of viewpoints and opinions, lead to better products and better services . . . we cannot afford to have one mindset or one viewpoint creating these products and services."

David Mitchell, chief technology officer with VMLY&R agrees that representation is needed in the marketing industry.

"These are fantastic, highly paid careers and women are a huge part of the available workforce," notes Mitchell. "It's a win win for us, it helps us find talented, dedicated candidates, who completed rigorous coursework that are ready to continue their learning."

Launch Code graduate Tara Dunmore, now a technology apprentice at VMLY&R, says this is the highest paying job she's had. She is currently on pace to make more if she is offered a permanent position. Overall, Dunmore says "as of right now, I'm still happier than I was".

  • Leah Freeman, director of public relations, Launch Code
  • David Mitchell, chief technology officer, VMLY&R
  • Tara Dunmore, technology apprentice, Launch Code graduate
Stay Connected
As a host and contributor at KCUR, I seek to create a more informed citizenry and richer community. I want to enlighten and inspire our audience by delivering the information they need with accuracy and urgency, clarifying what’s complicated and teasing out the complexities of what seems simple. I work to craft conversations that reveal realities in our midst and model civil discourse in a divided world. Follow me on Twitter @ptsbrian or email me at brian@kcur.org.
Elizabeth Ruiz is a freelance producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact her at elizabeth@kcur.org or on Twitter at @er_bentley_ruiz
Reginald David is an assistant producer with Up To Date. You can reach him at reginalddavid@kcur.org.