A University of Nebraska at Omaha program to encourage girls to consider information technology careers has won a $200,000 challenge grant.

UNO announced the grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation last week for its CodeCrush program, an immersive IT class for eighth- and ninth-grade girls.

The money will be used over the next three years to expand the program’s offerings to twice a year and add a summer conference for alums and teachers, according to a UNO press release.

The University of Nebraska Foundation will raise an additional $200,000 over the next three years in new contributions to match the grant.

This year’s CodeCrush conference is scheduled for Feb. 24 to 27. There were 205 applications for 40 slots, according to UNO.

“The interest in CodeCrush shines a direct spotlight on the importance of diversifying the talent landscape in computing programs,” Dr. Deepak Khazanchi, associate dean at the College of Information Science and Technology, said in a release. “We are proud of what we have accomplished so far with CodeCrush and are on track to becoming the largest iSTEM experience for girls in the region.”

More information on the program is available at codecrush.unomaha.edu.

Contact the writer: 402-444-3185, kate.howard@owh.com

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