A BCIT computer systems graduate is saying B.C.’s latest investment in the school curriculum to include computer coding could help close the gender gap.
Nadia Dobrianskaia still remembers being one of the few women in the program.
“Often times we are lucky to have something like 10 per cent of the girls in class being women. So that is quite low, sometime it’s been even much lower.”
Since then she’s been very involved trying to help women make it in the coding world — which is why she was very happy to hear of Premier Christy Clark’s $6-million dollar announcement.
“What I hope to see, and I think what will probably happen is that more girls will apply for programs like Computer Systems Technology.”
She says learning to code from an early age could help increase the number of women in the field.
Dobrianskaia says if more girls apply for programs like hers, more will realize the field is not so intimidating.