It’s no secret that the tech industry is male dominated, but people like Carolyn Finch are working tirelessly to expand the field and fill its talent gap.
After moving downtown three years ago, Carolyn was introduced to the Digital Corridor group and accepted a job as program manager. “Their mission is to attract, nurture, and support Charleston’s knowledge economy,” in part, by creating programs like CODE Camp that help fill the nationwide skills gap in the software development industry.
Carolyn says that she and her team designed CODE Camp to take people with little to no experience and give them the skills to acquire an entry-level coding job. This might not sound like much, but entry-level coders can make anywhere from $50-$70,000 annually and for people who work two jobs to make ends meet, this program gives them an incredible opportunity. “It really shows between CODE Camp and Women in Tech [that] the community has a need for resources like that, and I wouldn’t be as headstrong or as focused on it if it wasn’t for the attention of the community wanting it and needing it.”
Carolyn is also deeply involved in Women in Tech. Like many fields, women in tech often face adversity, and this program creates a nonthreatening space for asking questions and gaining support.
Now expanding to attract young girls, both programs encourage women to embrace mathematical skills and chase big dreams by introducing others holding their own in the workplace.
“This wouldn’t happen in any other environment. Because we are so warm and friendly...the ability for them to come together, assist and help” gives this city major promise.
Charleston “is on the crest of an interesting growth spurt” in entrepreneurship, and Carolyn Finch is at the forefront of making that happen.
Words by: Charlotte Stack
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