UNCG Hosts Summer IT Workshop for High School Girls

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A week-long workshop scheduled for July 16-20 on the UNCG campus is designed to interest young women in degrees and careers in information technology.

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By offering young women a taste of what the field has to offer, we hope more of them will earn degrees in IT and pursue a related career.

Today the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics announced it will host "IT Is for Girls!" – a weeklong summer workshop to interest high school girls in the field of information technology. The workshop will be held July 16-20 on the UNCG campus.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2016, five of the 10 fastest growing jobs in the nation will be related to IT. Most require strengths in communication, collaboration, creativity and problem solving, which are capabilities often attributed to women.

“Computers and information technology impact virtually every aspect of our lives,” says Lakshmi Iyer, associate professor in the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics. “New IT careers are emerging in a diverse range of fields – from cyber law to healthcare to apparel design. By offering young women a taste of what the field has to offer, we hope more of them will earn degrees in IT and pursue a related career.”

Developed in collaboration with the Guilford County Schools, the workshop will be led by the UNCG Department of Information Systems and Operations Management and the UNCG Department of Computer Science.

Girls attending will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun, hands-on activities from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. They will have the opportunity to create animation and video games, design web pages, develop mobile phone apps, edit videos, build a computer, explore IT security issues, make field trips to area businesses and meet successful “tech divas” who will share career tips.

Thanks to the generous support of event sponsors, UNCG is able to offer the workshop for just $75 per student, with opportunities for merit and needs-based financial assistance. Platinum sponsor is Lincoln Financial Group. Gold sponsors include the American Association of University Women, Guilford County Schools, Pearson and UNCG. Silver sponsors are Gilbarco, HandyCapable Network and the News & Record.

Enrollment is limited, so early registration is encouraged. To find out more about “IT Is for Girls!” or to register to attend, visit http://wiit.uncg.edu, email the University at wiit(at)uncg(dot)edu or phone 336.334.5668.

Key words: UNCG, information technology, IT careers, IT degrees, computers, computer science, Internet, game development

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