At a women in technology panel that closed out the Google I/O 2014, Google’s annual developers’ conference in San Francisco, the tech giant announced that will pay for “thousands” of women and minorities interested in learning how to code, reported CNET.com.
After Google published a diversity report that revealed only 30 percent of its employees are women, while only comprised 3 percent combined are African-American and Hispanic, Gregg Pollack, CEO of the Code School, wrote in a blog post that Google will pay for three free months for any women and minorities interested in tech to expand their skills.
The search giant also recently launched its $50 million “Made With Code” initiative, which aims to help close the gender gap in tech.
While Google offered the same vouchers to the women in attendance at its annual I/O developers conference this week, the search giant has released an online application that’s available to women everywhere.
Google said the current state of its company diversity is “miles from where we want to be.”
Outside of Google, the Labor Department says only 20% of software developers in the U.S. are women, while only 12% of computer science degrees today go to women.