Despite holding six in 10 American jobs, women held just 26 percent of computing occupations in 2013. And of the 1.2 million expected openings for computer specialists by 2022, the current number of graduates in the U. S. can fill only 39 percent of those openings.
What can help solve both of these gaps? One strategy: Inspire today’s young women in high school to become the next generation of technologists. That’s why Maverick is excited to announce its continued sponsorship of the 2015 Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Awards. Now in its third year, the Aspirations Awards program honors young women in high school, grades 9-12, who have demonstrated computer-related achievements and interests. Prizes include scholarships, tech devices, cash rewards, mentorship/job shadowing opportunities and more! Plus, Minnesota applicants are automatically entered in the concurrent national-level award.
Check out this video highlighting last year’s award winners and sponsors during the awards event at General Mills.
Aside from the prizes, this program can be a life-altering experience for winners. What starts as an awards banquet can turn into a lifelong network of mentors, supporters and opportunities as they progress through high school, college and into their careers.
We are eager to support this next generation of technologists. Applications are now open, and the deadline to apply is Nov. 2. Do you know a young woman in high school who has an interest in technology? Encourage her to apply!