Teach Coding to Girls Before Negative Stereotyping Starts – NYTimes.com

Why are less women choosing to enter computer science classes NOW, than in 1984?  Seriously?  According to the New York Times, there will be over 1 million jobs in computer related fields by 2020.  Let’s close the gender gap, beginning now.

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” highlights the gender gap in technology fields.

From NYTimes.com:

It’s 1984 and you’re sitting in your college Computer Science class. You take a look around the classroom of 100 students and count 37 women.

Fast forward to today. It’s 30 years later and the world has changed quite a bit. Women have become the majority in college and the majority in the workforce. We’re approaching gender parity in the life sciences and mathematics fields. These new devices called laptops are everywhere.

Teaching computer science to girls has the potential to turn these eager consumers of technology into unstoppable creators of it.

Today, in your classroom of 100 C.S. majors, 12 will be women.

The gender gap in technology has never been wider, and with the 1.4 million jobs that will be available in the computing related fields by 2020, we need a national, girl-led movement to close it.

via Teach Coding to Girls Before Negative Stereotyping Starts – NYTimes.com.

Young Girls Changing the World

Science and technology are NOT just for boys!  Too few girls enter these careers.  Let’s change that!

Meet 7 Young Girls Changing the World, One Code at a Time

For the 20th Anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival, were paying special attention to technology and its ever changing landscape. This year, ESSENCE Festival is incororporating a #YesWeCode initiative aimed at exposing the youth to computer science. We caught up with some young women from Girls Who Code and asked them them what inspired them to start coding.

via Meet 7 Young Girls Changing the World, One Code at a Time | Essence.com.

PBN names 2014 Business Women class

Congratulations to New England Tech Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (currently named Information Technology) Alum, Annette Niemczk on being named 2014 Business Woman to Watch in the Technical Services category by the Providence Business News.

From Providence Business News:

pbj business women award 2014PROVIDENCE – An innovator and leader in the health care industry as well as a long-time executive at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center have been chosen as the top two honorees in the seventh annual Providence Business News Business Women Awards program.

Joan L. Kwiatkowski, the CEO of CareLink and PACE of Rhode Island, is set to receive the award for career achievement, while Marie E. Bussiere, the combat systems department head at NUWC at Naval Station Newport will be honored as outstanding mentor.

Twelve other women were named either industry leaders or “women to watch” in six industry categories as well. In addition, the Business Women Achievement Honorees who have been profiled throughout the last year in the pages of PBN will be recognized at the Business Women Awards luncheon, to be held Thursday, May 29, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Providence Marriott Downtown.

The 2014 winners by category are:

Technical Services – Woman to Watch: Annette Niemczyk, senior engineer, Envision Technology Advisors LLC

For the complete list of 2014 winners click here: PBN names 2014 Business Women class – Providence Business News.

The 20 Happiest Jobs For New Grads

Getting a great job is a priority for college grads but being happy in those job is just as important and landing it.

According to CareerBliss.com and the Huffington Post:

Current grads looking for work that will leave them smiling most days should find a tech-related job, new research finds. Jobs in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) continue to set the pace for happiness, especially those in software development, according to a new study from CareerBliss, an online career community. To help new grads determine which jobs are giving young professionals the most career-related happiness, CareerBliss analyzed more than 25,000 independent company reviews. Topping this year’s rankings of the Happiest Jobs for the Class of 2014 are java developers, which are programmers who use a specific language associated with client-server Web applications.

Following java developers on the rankings are embedded software engineers, who help program the embedded software in the electronics and other devices, and .NET developers, a programming language specific to Microsoft. As a whole, jobs in the technology sector dominated the rankings. “Technology is constantly morphing, leaving a great deal of opportunities for new and rising talent,” said Heidi Golledge, CareerBliss co-founder. CareerBliss evaluates the key factors that affect work happiness, including the person one works

via The 20 Happiest Jobs For New Grads.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, including Information Technology, Software Engineering Technology, Network Engineering Technology, Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology.

More Information | Apply Now

Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu 

Dover-Sherborn Schools names Ritacco director of technology

Congratulations to New England Tech Information Technology graduate, Anthony Ritacco on being appointed as Director of Technology for Dover-Sherborn Public Schools!

Steven Bliss, superintendent, has announced the appointment of Anthony Ritacco to the post of Director of Technology for the Dover-Sherborn Public Schools comprising Pine Hill Elementary School, Chickering Elementary School, Dover-Sherborn Middle School and Dover-Sherborn High School. Ritacco has been with the school system for six years as senior network administrator.

Prior to his appointment at D-S, Ritacco served in a similar capacity in the Norton Public Schools. Ritacco holds a bachelor of science in information technology from New England Institute of Technology.

The 14-person Director of Technology Search Committee composed of faculty, staff, administrators, parents and school committee members from all three districts, and chaired by Dr. Karen LeDuc, assistant superintendent, initially convened on April 2. Members reviewed the Director of Technology job description and set to work at comprehensively revising the job description to inform the committee’s work. The committee also reviewed confidentiality and created norms at its April 2 organizational meeting. Members were then assigned the tasks of developing interview questions and independently reviewing applicants’ credentials against an agreed-upon scoring rubric.

There were 39 applicants for the position, from which six candidates interviewed.

via Dover-Sherborn Schools names Ritacco director of technology – News – Wicked Local Sherborn – Sherborn, MA.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, including Information Technology.

More Information | Apply Now

Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu 

NEIT VP talks #SkillsGap with WPRO’s Dan Yorke

Steve Kitchen, Vice President of Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology appears on WPRO’s The Dan Yorke show to talk about the work force development needs in Rhode Island.

Click here to listen to the Podcast of Steve’s interview

During the interview, Steve discussed how New England Tech is working to help fill the #SkillsGap with Associate, Bachelors and Master degrees in programs like Manufacturing, Health Sciences and Information Technology.

Along with SAMI program, which was developed in partnership with Rhode Island employers who have a demand for skilled welders and machinist.

For more information about Associate and Bachelor degrees, call Admissions at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or for additional information about the SAMI program, call 800-736-7744 ext. 3700 or email info@samiri.org.

Closing The IT Gender Gap – Technology Isn’t “Nerdy!”

Women In IT Infographic

The IT industry is one dominated by men, and it seems the reason may be entirely superficial.

In a 2005 study by the National Center for Women and Information Technology, it was reported that most women thought of “geeks, pocket protectors, and … a lifetime of staring into a screenwriting computer code” when asked about the IT field.

These days the number of women enrolling in IT programs is changing – but is it happening quickly enough? Check out this infographic from Best Computer Science Schools and see for yourself!

Here’s a Special note from Carolyn at WonderofTech via Earnest ParentingThe infographic is incorrect about the world’s first programmable computer. That was actually the Colossus, used at Bletchley Park, England to help break the German Enigma code during World War II. The computer was kept a secret until after the Cold War as it continued being used by the UK to break Soviet Union secret codes.

Carolyn continued: Until the Colossus was revealed in the 1990′s, most of the world believed that IBM created the world’s first programmable computer.

Writing Computer Code – It’s Not As Hard As You Think

What does a computer software engineer do?

computer coding video by code.org and New England Tech

[Click To Watch A Video From code.org]

Both Software Engineering and Network Engineering & Computer Servicing are available at New England Tech at the associate, bachelor, and masters level.

Classes enrolling now for the Master of Science Degree in Information Technology

Advance your career by enrolling in the Master of Science Degree program in Information Technology at New England Tech.

[Click On The Image To Register]

James McClure and Larry Bouthillier join New England Tech Staff

NEIT announces new instructorsAs announced in the Warwick Beacon, James McClure has joined the New England Tech staff as an Assistant Professor in the Information Technology Program and Larry Bouthillier has joined the staff as Director of Online Learning.

Click here for the full story reported by Warwick Beacon