Mayor Bob Kelly and Great Falls College MSU to Join Big Sky Academy’s Sit With Me Montana Campaign

Statewide initiative to empower and educate women in technology launches in Great Falls

Mayor Bob Kelly will speak at Great Falls College this Friday, August 19, 2016, at 11 am in support of more gender equality and representation in technology, at Big Sky Code Academy’s Sit With Me Montana campaign. The Montana campaign joins the national Sit With Me campaign to “inspire women in computing and IT… and to recognize the value of women’s technical contributions.”

Mayor Kelly supports Big Sky Academy’s work to train and mentor Montana’s next generation of programmers through its adult coding boot camps and free after-school technology program, Montana Code Girls, for young girls ages 9-19. The Sit With Me Montana campaign is just one of many of the Academy’s initiatives to ensure larger and more diverse participation in technology as Montana companies aim to grow the local talent pool and workforce.

“It is campaigns like this that really help remind us of the importance of women and girls in technology. We need to see both men and women represented in the technology sector if we’re going to solve the biggest challenges facing Montana,” said Devin B. Holmes, founder of Big Sky Code Academy and the Sit With Me Montana campaign. “We look forward to partnering with Great Falls College MSU in bringing our technology initiatives to Great Falls and helping to pave the way for the future of Montana’s workforce development.”

The Academy’s boot camp will cover everything a prospective employee needs to be job ready for a career in web development in as little as 12 weeks.

The Sit With Me Montana event will be from 11 am – 1 pm with the Mayor’s remarks at 11 am in the Atrium of Great Falls College MSU. The event is free and open to the public.

About Big Sky Code Academy™

The Big Sky Code Academy is an accelerated coding boot camp offering online and on-site immersive training for the next generation of programmers. Designed to enable and empower all Montanans, the Academy recently launched two initiatives, Montana Code Girls™, and Code4Philanthropy™. Montana Code Girls offers events, after-school programs and summer camps to Montana’s girls and young women interested in technology, including sponsoring Montana’s Technovation teams, while Code4Philanthropy Fellows attend the Academy at no cost and upon graduation are placed with nonprofits across beautiful Montana for a 12-month technology fellowship. To learn more, visit:


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