MEXICO CITY -- The AT&T Foundation and Laboratoria Coding A.C., a social technology organization, is uniting to create the next generation of women web developers, through an educational program in which 120 young Mexican women will participate.
Laboratoria is a social project with presence in Mexico, Peru and Chile, dedicated to identifying talented women, who live in areas with limited opportunities, to coach them in web development, i.e., creating and managing internet and intranet sites.
The program includes a practical, accessible, comprehensive and job-oriented education model, in which women are trained for 5 months. Courses include:
- Creation of products and web solutions,
- Leadership, empowerment and teamwork,
- Personal and professional development.
Once the women graduate, Laboratoria connects its students with companies, so that they can obtain jobs that promote their professional development and raise their employment prospects.
"At AT&T, we want to inspire and empower Mexican women to drive innovation. This program will give women new opportunities to acquire skills and to be integrated into the world of technology, bridging the digital divide," said Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO of AT&T Mexico.
Through a USD$75,000 grant, the AT&T Foundation will support Laboratoria Mexico during 2016 to grow of its educational program and to expand its model.
Gabriela Rocha, cofounder of Laboratoria Mexico, commented, "We are looking at providing professional development and increasing job prospects for women, by helping them to start a career in the digital sector that will enable them to improve their quality of life." She added: "The graduates will have the possibility of receiving a salary up to 2.5 times higher and increasing their employment opportunities by 70 percent."
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