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    Coding academies for Black, Latino kids aim to debug tech diversity gap

    With higher pay, better benefits and more resilience in a challenging economy, jobs in the fast-growing tech sector are highly sought after positions. Yet, Blacks and Latinos make up only a small fraction of this workforce. Now, coding academies for middle and high school students are helping to debug this diversity gap.  Djassi Julien, a 21-year-old Google software engineer, recalls the coding program that first sparked his interest in computer science. It was an intensive, six-week boot camp sponsored by All Star Code, a New York-based non-profit educational organization. “I participated in All Star Code kind of on a whim,” Julien said. “It was a totally foreign concept to me…

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