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SAN DIEGO – GirlTech San Diego, a non-profit program, aims at inspiring young girls to learn and apply computing skills.

Their goal is to introduce more girls to science, technology, engineering and mathematic industries – where there are less than 25 percent of women in those areas.

pic“They don’t get much of an opportunity to do that in their schools or in their communities,” said Perla Myers, an Associate Dean at the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at University of San Diego. “We need to show [young girls] how wonderful and useful computers and programming are to any future career they choose.”

Monica Ramakrishnan is a Junior Computer Science Minor at USD.

“I think a lot of young girls are intimidated by computer science, because it’s such a male dominated field,” Ramakrishnan said. “Finally, when you get that perfect code that gives you exactly what you want it’s very rewarding.”

Myers and other educators are part of the collaborative effort between UCSD, San Diego State, University of San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University.  She said the effort that involves after school programs for middle school and high school girls will launch this spring.

Summer programs will be offered at the various universities. Program organizers said boys won’t be turned away.  For more information click here.