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Seattle school teaches women to code for free

In a nondescript classroom in downtown Seattle, young women hunch over laptops, staring at lines of code.

These women, most of them in their 20s and 30s, are enrolled at Ada Developers Academy. This competitive program offers women free tuition and a stipend – all in the name of getting more women into the tech industry.

“It’s been so intense,” says Kat Patke, a student at Ada Developers Academy. The year-long program combines seven months of coding classes and workshops taught by tech pros with a five-month internship.

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