Milwaukee, April 19, 2018 – PDS announces they will serve as the Gold Sponsor for the 2nd year in a row for the The National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing awards this Sunday, April 22.
The NCWITWisconsin Chapter proudly announced 71 girls have been named award recipients for their annual Aspirations in Computing awards.
This recognition celebrates diversity in computing by honoring young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. The awards acknowledge students based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing; leadership ability; academic history; and plans for post-secondary education.
Additionally, NCWIT awards outstanding educators who play a pivotal role in encouraging young women to explore their interest in computing and technology.
“Today only 20% of the technology workforce is occupied by women,” says Joseph Kmoch, Chair of NCWIT-WI Aspirations Program. “Our aim is to help provide support to girls at a young age providing them a path forward through community, mentorship, and recognition.”
An awards ceremony is being held on Sunday, April 22, at 1:30 on Alverno College’s Sister Joel Reed Center. Attendance to the event is free of charge (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org).
“As an employer of hundreds of technologists, I realize the importance for our communities to rally together to provide programs that help bridge the gender gap,” says John Miller, Executive Vice President & GM at PDS. Miller adds, “And as a father of three young girls, I want them to thrive in a world without labels or restrictions.”
Girls interested in applying for the next academic year are encouraged to go to http://aspirations.org
Julie Schmidt received the Wisconsin award and national recognition for 2015. “Being a part of the NCWIT Community has given me exposure to the success of other girls in tech, which has made me more confident about the strength of my future.”
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NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) provides technical girls and women with ongoing engagement, visibility, and encouragement for their computing-related interests and achievements from high school through college and into the workforce. AiC Community members are supported by their peers, volunteers, and NCWIT Alliance member organizations who offer exclusive access to scholarships, internships, and professional work. Community members also give back to others by planning and leading computing experiences for middle school girls and high school women. These opportunities allow women of the Community to strengthen their leadership, technical, and entrepreneurial skills, further preparing and motivating them to participate in the computing workforce.