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Code Girls United receives coding grant

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News from Code Girls United

KALISPELL — Code Girls United, based out of Kalispell and operating after school programs throughout Montana in person and online, was awarded a $50,000 state contract for a Tribal Computer Coding Pilot Project.

The grant award was the result of legislation signed by Governor Gianforte and introduced by Jonathan Windy Boy in House Bill No. 219. The purpose of the program is to provide training and incentives to students in tribal communities for computer coding and computer programming courses that will prepare them for the workforce.

Code Girls United is working in coordination with the Office of Public Instruction to implement the pilot program in one Reservation High School with a future goal to replicate the program throughout Reservation High Schools across the state.

Students will be learning Computer Science concepts, coding, app making, and business skills as they progress to creating their own apps and participating in a competition. Code Girls United endeavors to create a program that not only teaches real world skills, but also builds self-confidence and provides a path to future technology learning opportunities. The program will be tailored to include culturally relevant content based on feedback from Native Youth organizations. Additionally, Code Girls United’s Native Ambassador, alumni, and volunteer, Kelsea Bemis, will provide an additional bridge and encouragement for the program.

Code Girls United is very excited to be included in the growth of Montana’s next generation of technology workers who are able to work and stay in Montana.

Code Girls United programs run year-long throughout Montana. If you would like to learn how to bring the Code Girls United program to your area, school, or organization, please contact Marianne Smith at

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