Girls Who Code opens Roseburg chapter

The popular "Girls Who Code" has opened a chapter in Roseburg. (SBG image)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Helping young women get more involved in technology is what's behind a new project in Douglas County.

The popular "Girls Who Code" has opened a chapter in Roseburg.

"There's a lot of pressure and a lot of stereotypes that come with computer science and technology," said Girls Who Code mentor Rebekah Jacobson. The 18-year-old has a love for computer science and coding, but what exactly does that mean?

Coding is the process of making software, which can be described like a basic math equation.

Jacobson knows how difficult the concept can be and she tutors others at Umpqua Community College.

"You want to bring them up to your level as well," she said.

According to Bureau of Labor statistics, there will be nearly 1.5 million computer science-related jobs by 2020.

The Roseburg Salsa Company is working with Girls Who Code. They say they want to see the community get the necessary resources.

"That is something that could help with jobs here because there's more and more technology jobs coming out as technology gets more and more complex; they need it," said the salsa company’s Tyler Ramos.

Women are only expected to fill three percent of those jobs.

"It's so important to understand that there's so many people out there,” added Jacobson, “and bringing diversity to the team is one of the most important things, to reach as many people as possible."

She hopes Girls Who Code can help bring diversity and tech knowledge to Douglas County.

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