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St. Petersburg coding school adds extra classes aimed at working women, minorities

Posted at 10:26 AM, Mar 21, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A St. Petersburg coding school wants to fill the gaps in the industry by adding extra classes, hoping to recruit working women and minorities.

A recent study shows only 26 percent of professional computing jobs are held by women.

"Anyone that's building tech should be representative of the people using tech. That's minorities, that's women, anyone at all," Toni Warren with Suncoast Developer's Guild says.

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Normally, classes at the Academy inside the Suncoast Developer's Guild are time consuming. After three months, students have a certification to put them directly into the coding field, earning anywhere between $40,000 and $60,000. Now, the organization is adding weekend and evening classes so students can attend the program part time.

"We want to give them the ability to access this education, even if they do have a full time job," Warren says.

The entire program can cost thousands, but women and minorities can earn scholarships to take down some of the cost. If you're interested in scholarship opportunities, visit

The next round of classes start March 25. If you're interested in taking classes, go to