Recognizing the growing demand in the Valley for high-tech businesses and information technology jobs, Scottsdale Community College will host a free online event to encourage more high school girls to consider IT careers.
SCC has partnered with Mesa Community College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College to inspire more women to be involved in the field at the event , 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 13, according to a press release.
Girls Get IT, a platform for young women to learn about the latest technology trends, also helps identify where the jobs are and networking/connecting with professional women working in the industry, the release said.
Designed to introduce high school girls to IT career possibilities, the annual event features live virtual workshops about emerging technologies and the related college courses and programs to help prepare students for IT career.
Participants hear from and network with female professionals working in the tech industry. There will be a virtual trade fair with information and resources.
Everyone is welcome to participate, the release added.
Girls Get IT offers five interactive workshops to encourage young women to explore various career tracks available:
“As career opportunities in information technology continue to grow, Girls Get IT has become the premier annual event which showcases the many evolving areas of study and the professional women thriving in their IT careers today,’ said Director of the Maricopa IT Institute—East Valley Diane M. Meza in a prepared statement.
“We want to inform all East Valley high school girls about the many exciting career possibilities available and provide them with the next steps in their educational journey.”
While the event was previously held in person, the new virtual format has resulted from the global pandemic and the broader need to move educational opportunities online, the release said.
Girls Get IT is sponsored by the Maricopa IT Institute-East Valley a collaboration with Mesa Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Scottsdale Community College.
The Institute provides career readiness for the IT sector, including courses to up-skill workers. MITI meets the emerging technological workforce’s demand for talent in areas of app development using Swift/Xcode, big data, cloud computing, mobile and wearable technology and the Internet of Things.
For more information and to register, visit scottsdalecc.edu/girls-get-IT.