Wells Fargo to Train 8,000 Female Coding Students in Three Years

Hyderabad: Wells Fargo India & Philippines, a technology extension of Wells Fargo Bank, is taking several initiatives to help educate girls to lay the foundation for a successful tech career. In this direction, the Wells Fargo-Nirmaan Coding initiative aims to introduce coding to 8,000 students over the next three years, spread across Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.

As part of the pilot project, last year 100 girls were selected from four public schools in Hyderabad and Bengaluru and attended a virtual farewell ceremony, amid the pandemic. They had successfully completed a six-month coding program taught by Wells Fargo volunteers.

“What started as a pilot volunteer initiative with 100 girls in public schools aged 10 to 16 has grown into a full-fledged project, bringing coding to 5,000 students by 2022. and sparking their interest in STEM education and careers at a young age. The program has reached over 1,500 students to date and is growing in three public high schools in Hyderabad, “said Lina Nair, head of the chief’s office. of Technology, Wells Fargo India and the Philippines. Telangana today.

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Scaling up the program

The Wells Fargo-Nirmaan Coding Initiative is designed to motivate students to consider a career in technology, through basic computer courses and coding skills. Today, students are taking coding classes at seven public schools in Hyderabad, Chennai and Bengaluru, and around 4,000 are expected to enroll by the end of this month. Students will receive certification upon completion of the program.

The pilot batch rolled out last year saw approximately 25 Wells Fargo Technology employees donate over 260 volunteer hours virtually teaching topics such as IT basics, online security / cybersecurity, problem solving. logic problems and Scratch and Python programming. This year, 50 of them have contributed 150 volunteer hours to date.

Bandana Jha, Vice President, Social Impact and Sustainability, Wells Fargo India and Philippines, said, “We primarily offer a 100-module program for students from Sixth to Ninth Standard. The world is changing technologically with the emergence of artificial intelligence and machine learning and we want to offer technology as a career option for girls. We must have equal opportunities for girls, especially those who are underserved. “

“We have introduced aspects such as cybersecurity into the curriculum, and we look forward to including other key areas of technology and expanding content in the future. We also plan to make the program an India-wide flagship initiative to include semi-urban locations in the future, ”Jha added.

Women in technology

Lina Nair added, “Wells Fargo has an internal network, a self-sustaining ‘Women in Tech’ community that aims to attract, advance, nurture and retain female technical talent within Wells Fargo. It is a global program with locals including India. The company is investing in the devices needed for the program so that more students can participate, supported by the CSR budget. State governments have also been proactive in ensuring the active participation of public schools.

Wells Fargo’s Indian Chapter of Women in Technology (WiT) was instrumental in launching the pilot program for this coding initiative.

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