Free Coding Classes for Women in Detroit and Flint

By Amanda Lewan on May 7th, 2016 / Comments

Grand Circus, a tech training institute in Downtown Detroit, is launching a new free “Develop(her)” program for women to learn computer programming skills.

The ten week program will be available for women in Detroit and Flint, training students for jobs that are in high demand such as a java developer. The new program kicks off Monday, July 18th, with the goal to help bridge a gender gap in tech roles prevalent nationwide. In Detroit, however, recent reports show us it is a high-paying city for women in technology. Maybe the future for a diverse tech workforce is already brighter here.

“Women make up a little more than half of the U.S. workforce, but hold only a quarter of the IT jobs. At Grand Circus, we are focused on closing that gap by making it easier for women to gain real-world experience through intensive career-changing bootcamps,” said co-founder and CEO Damien Rocchi. “It is fitting that we are kicking off this bootcamp in Detroit and Flint – two cities that share a similar history – and we are confident that we have put together the right partnership to begin changing the narrative in both tech communities.”

The program is available in partnership with The Hagerman Foundation and TEKsystems. The initial class will consist of 20 women who will receive 10 weeks of training followed by early career mentorship through the Michigan Council of Women in Technology.

The DEVELOP(her) bootcamp applications are open on Monday, May 16. Applicants must be women who are Michigan residents and passionate about launching a career in technology. Training and networking events will occur in both Detroit and Flint.

“Ultimately we’d like to see Michigan lead the nation for women in IT,” said Cindy Warner, president of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation. “To do this, we must collaborate to expose more women to these careers and connect them with like-minded people who can help inspire and demonstrate how rewarding a job in IT can be.”

For more information on the DEVELOP(her) bootcamp, visit

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