Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Girls Changing the World Through Information Technology

A couple of years ago, I chaired the Girls in Technology Task Force—a group of public sector, private industry and education professionals committed to increasing the number if girls involved in technology studies. We learned that seven out of 10 of the fastest growing occupations projected from 2004-2014 are technology-related professions. However, by grade eight, half as many girls as boys show interest in careers that require math, science and technology knowledge and skills. As a result, far fewer girls are positioned for technology professions, and there is no evidence that numbers will increase under current conditions without a concerted effort to improve the situation. So, get your girl over to Montgomery College for the Girls Changing the World Through Information Technology: A Conference for Middle School Girls on May 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Montgomery College’s HTSC Building on the Germantown Campus. This free conference will give middle school girls the opportunity to explore careers in information technology through exciting hands-on workshops, inspiring keynote speakers and games.

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