As we’ve established before, learning to code may be the best career move you’ll ever make. Not only do web developers earn good money (starting at $80,000 in New York City), but they’re also extremely happy, with 88 percent reporting feeling satisfied in their jobs. (Of course, you would be too if your job consisted of creating video games.) But — like all STEM careers — coding jobs do skew male, and skew white.
Now, according to The Root, rapper and Queens native Nas is giving scholarships to blacks and Latinos to attend coding school at General Assembly, which has locations in New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, London and Washington, D.C.
Nas is giving out the funding via his VC firm Queensbridge Venture Partners. Queensbridge will be joining Microsoft and Google to help get more underrepresented groups into coding. Microsoft will be doling out scholarships to vets, while Google will be donating scholarship money for women.