October 11, 2021

Girls Who Code Addresses Key Need

A banner on top of a photo of someone coding that reads "Now on campus this fall: girls who code at schoolcraft college"

Club sessions now under way at Schoolcraft College

As part of its mission to create access and opportunity for the community, Schoolcraft College has joined with Girls Who Code, an international, non-profit organization committed to increasing access for girls and women in computer science and technology.

Two Club sessions – one for grades 3-5 and one for grades 6-12 – are currently under way. The Clubs meet from 2-4 p.m. on Saturdays in the computing labs in the Jeffress Center.

Girls Who Code is free to participants and made possible at Schoolcraft thanks to generous support from the Schoolcraft College Foundation and MASCO. 

A computer lab with people learning to code
Girls Who Code combines sisterhood activities and coding exercises working toward a community-based project, such as a website or animation.

“Together, we are building a partnership that addresses an unserved need, setting the stage for continued academic growth and prosperity among those we serve,” said Heddy Worden, Director of Strategic Enrollment and lead for the Girls Who Code program at Schoolcraft College.

The fall sessions, which began on September 11, last 12 weeks. The program combines sisterhood activities and coding exercises working toward a community-based project, such as a website or animation. Schoolcraft College Student Ambassadors and local high school students currently serve as Facilitators.

“By utilizing our Student Ambassadors, Schoolcraft Scholars Honors Program students, and local high school students to serve as Facilitators, we are cultivating a transformational leadership experience that reinforces their commitment to the College and the cause,” Worden said.

“Together, we are building a partnership that addresses an unserved need, setting the stage for continued academic growth and prosperity among those we serve.” 

Heddy Worden, Director of Strategic Enrollment and lead for the Girls Who Code program at Schoolcraft College

Worden said a second cohort is planned for January, with a two-week virtual summer immersion program in the works. “Therefore, the program is intended to run year-round,” she said.

“In addition, we will have a College Loops platform for those already enrolled in a college or university to create networking opportunities and help each other persist in their programs,” Worden said.  

For more information on Schoolcraft College’s Girls Who Code program, and to learn how you can become a Facilitator, please contact Heddy Worden at [email protected] or 734-462-4548. Visit the Girls Who Code website for more information.


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