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.

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.

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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 Parenting: The 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.