Because it will challenge you to THINK DIFFERENTLY.
When you learn to code, you learn to think algorithmically. “Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer . . . because it teaches you how to think.” –Steve Jobs
Because it’s where the JOBS are.
“Our policy is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. The whole limit in the system is that there just aren’t enough people who are trained.”–Mark Zuckerberg (see youtube video: Why Learn to Code)
“Particularly in computer science, the job opportunities are incredible. . . . I mean it’s not just about going to work for a place like Google or Microsoft or Facebook. It’s about doing computer science in medicine, or doing computer science in arts, or doing computer science in languages, or doing educational software.” (see youtube video: Why Women Aren’t More Computer Scientists, Engineers)
As computing has become ubiquitous, understanding how software works will help you succeed as a professional in any variety of fields.
Because YOU CAN.
Computer programming is for everyone! Watch she++ The Documentary–Good Girl Gone Geek and meet the amazing, charming and successful young women coders of Stanford University. Coding is not just for nerdy boys!
Because WE’RE HERE TO HELP.
Learning programming is easiest with lots of individual attention from an experienced instructor. At TOH, all of our programming classes are small, ranging from four to eight students. All are taught by an instructor who has an advanced degree in computer science and extensive teaching experience.
My message is: Number one, try it! Because you won’t know until you’ve tried it. And also, if there are some male students in the class who seem to know way more than you do? Ignore it. Because they tend to show it off more. Look for an instructor who is encouraging, because that makes a huge difference. And, you know, I have had so many female students in my life who I’ve talked into taking their first computer science course and they’re so grateful. They’re going like, “Oh my god! I have these great career opportunities. I can do anything! I can travel around the world!” But they had to take the first course. –Maria Klave, President of Harvey Mudd College, on PBS News