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Irving Public Library

Posted on: June 7, 2019

Girls Who Code: Meet Alia

GWC Newsflash

It’s been over a year since the Valley Ranch Library launched Girls Who Code classes in an effort to close the gender gap in technology and create pathways into the computing workforce. After our debut class last spring we have since held many classes on HTML, CSS, JavaScript and SQL for websites and animation. Seats for these classes are highly coveted and for good reason, Girls Who Code can open many doors for young girls interested in learning about computer science and careers in technology.

Sixteen-year-old Alia Hannon took part in the first Girls Who Code class at the Valley Ranch Library last year. From the Valley Ranch classes she went on to attend the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at the AT&T corporate headquarters in Dallas. During this 7-week program, Alia learned about computer science through hands on projects that tested her creativity and technical skills to solve real-world problems. Alia had the opportunity to go on field trips to local tech companies and hear from inspiring guest speakers. She was able to connect with college students, instructors, engineers, and other female professionals of the STEM industry. Most importantly, Alia was able to be a part of a community, a sisterhood, with other girls her age who experienced the program together. 

At the end of the 7-week program, Alia and her fellow peers presented their final projects to their instructors and families as part of their graduation ceremony. All participants were gifted with the laptops they used throughout the time they were in the program. Alia walked away with a glowing letter of recommendation for her upcoming college applications and an experience that will be sure to impact her future in computer science. She is now a member of the Girls Who Code alumni network and can connect with thousands of girls in technology across the country.

We at the Irving Library are beaming with pride for Alia and all the young women who participate in Girls Who Code.

GWC Graduation Class

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