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Salinas Valley program teaches farmworkers' kids to code

by Ana Tintocalis, California Report | Take Two

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The Fall 2011 Hackathon brought in hundreds of students from nearly 50 universities in the U.S. and Canada to NYU's Courant Institute for 24 hours of creative hacking on New York City startups' APIs. In contrast, a Salinas Valley program is teaching farmworkers' children how to code. hackNY.org/@matylda/flickr via Creative Commons

Silicon Valley draws thousands of young programmers hoping to strike it rich in the tech industry, but it's a relatively exclusive club, usually favoring top-notch graduates from prestigious universities.

But a new program in the Salinas Valley is challenging that formula. It aims to help the children of farmworker families become programmers and engineers in just three years.

Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

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