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A handful had IT jobs. Others worked in marketing. One was a librarian. Another was a legal secretary.
Wilmington is the 53rd U.S. city to host the nonprofit Girl Develop It, an organization that offers software training courses to women.
Clarke offered some practical tips as well, like how to buy a domain name, how to find inspiration from other websites and what you should know if you’re hiring a developer or want to find employment as one.
The mood was easygoing, and the women said they were excited to meet other beginners who were interested in learning more. Several piped up to ask questions during the presentation, which others said they appreciated.
“Here, I felt like, ‘OK, I don’t look stupid asking these questions,’” said Ashley Randolph, a network apprentice at Barclaycard in Wilmington.
Randolph, 27, said her industry is shifting from hardware to the cloud, and she wants to keep up.
One of her classmates, Ciara O’Connell, has been an environmental consultant for 20 years but wants to expand her horizons and also share her 10-year-old son’s enthusiasm for technology. She said Girl Develop It’s all-female, supportive atmosphere was a big part of the class’ appeal.
“It’s hard to walk into a room full of men,” she said, “and here, it’s OK to say, ‘I don’t know.’”
Clarke, who taught the class, took the same course as a beginner in January and said it changed her life. “I hope it was a pivotal moment for other people too.”
The next Girl Develop It class, Intro to Git and Github, is Nov. 10. RSVP below.-30-
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