When you think of coding, you probably don’t think of supermodels.
In fact, you probably don’t think of women at all.
But as more and more pieces of our lives are digitally connected and mediated, programming is becoming a key part of almost every industry. It’s one of the most lucrative career skills you can possess, and coders are constantly in demand.
That’s why supermodel Karlie Kloss wants to change our go-to mental image of coders as a bunch of men hunched over their keyboards.
“I realized that code is about creativity — just like art and fashion — and that women who have these skills have the power to shape our future,” says Kloss.
So she launched Kode With Klossy, a program bringing the power and earning potential of coding to girls and women all over the country… completely free of charge.
Kode With Klossy: Free Coding School for Women
In partnership with Flatiron School, Kloss is offering an amazing opportunity: the Career Scholarship.
Every month, one lucky woman receives a free, full-stack programming course. Could it be you?
You’ll do all the coursework online through Flatiron’s Learn.co platform, so it doesn’t matter where you live — and you can complete the 600- to 800-hour course at your own pace.
Uon successful completion of the course, you’ll get the opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship with one of the program’s partners, which include brands like WeWork, CondéNast, Vice and New York Magazine.
Best of all? You don’t need any coding experience to apply. Just demonstrate your genuine passion for coding.
“Whether your goal is to switch careers or be an entrepreneur; whether you’ve been excited about programming for years or are just starting out, we’re looking for people who are excited to combine technical training with creativity to make the world a better place with code,” says the scholarship landing page.
So if you’ve been looking for a way to break into programming, this might be your perfect opportunity.
Ready to Apply?
It’s super easy and quick. You’ll provide your contact information and social media handles, and you’ll have the chance to talk about why you’re interested in coding and how you got where you are today.
One lucky winner will be announced around the beginning of each month… but if you don’t make it, don’t worry! You can reapply as many times as you like.
To keep your scholarship, make sure you start the program within 90 days and complete the entire course within one year. That comes out to about 15 hours per week — totally doable.
Then, celebrate the fact that you’ve gained the ability to build internet magic with your bare hands… and a powerful resume booster, too.
Pssst — although applications for this summer are closed, Kode with Klossy also offers a free two-week Summer Camp program for girls aged 13-18. So if you’re in New York, LA or St. Louis, mark your calendar and help your daughter apply next year!
Your Turn: Will you apply for the Kode with Klossy Career Scholarship?
Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her creative writing has been featured in DMQ Review, Sweet: A Literary Confection and elsewhere.