Microsoft Director Speaks to Students at New England Tech During DigiGirlz 2017 New England

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) kicked off 2017 Microsoft DigiGirlz New England tour for middle and high school girls.

Microsoft's DigiGirlz 2017 Tour Kicked Off At New England Tech!

The girls of DigiGirlz seated behind (L/R) Microsoft’s Citizenship and Public Affairs Director Donna Woodall, RI Governor Gina Riamondo, New England Institue of Technology Senior Vice President and Provost Douglas Sherman

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo joined the audience of 150 high school girls from across the state who participated in the event, whichNew England DigiGirlz tour launches at Rhode Island New England Tech provided them with a unique opportunity to explore a wide range of careers in technology, participate in computer and technology workshops by New England Tech students and faculty in technology and engineering majors, and the chance to meet with Microsoft employees.

Raimondo shared a startling statistic of the vast opportunities for women entering the technology industry. Of the 42% of Rhode Island public high school students who took the Advanced Placement computer science exam last year, only twelve of them were female students. “I want to change that,” she said.

“You can’t dream about becoming something that you can’t see. Today you’ll be seeing women students and faculty in technology. I want you to get fired up about your future, and I want you to start dreaming big. The world cannot solve its problems without women at the table.” ~ RI Governor Gina Raimondo

Microsoft’s Citizenship & Public Affairs Director for the Northeast Region, Donna L. Woodall, also discussed the widening opportunities for women in the technology industry. Woodall described how Microsoft launched the DigiGirlz initiative in 2000 to encourage high school girls to pursue careers in the STEM fields. Noting that DigiGirlz was founded before most of the attending students were even born, she then mentioned that even today, women occupy just 6.7% of the technology industry workforce.

“We need to dispel the myth that this is a man’s job because women will bring more fun, diversity and new ideas to the field,” she said. “I want to see you in these roles. No matter the field – whether a dancer or a doctor – they all need technology.” ~ Microsoft’s Donna L. Woodall

At the event, current NEIT students presented seminars. Jayson Bennet and McKenzie Byrne presented separate game design modules, and Saskiah Vargas-Walton conducted a seminar on mechanical engineering technology.

NEIT offers technology-focused associate and bachelor’s degree programs in Game Development & Simulation Programming, Multimedia, and Web Design, Information Technology, Network Engineering Technology, Software Engineering Technology, Video Game Design, Cyber Security and Network Engineering, and Digital Media Production.

Learn more about how you can help build the world at New England Tech at www.neit.edu

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New England Tech to Host Microsoft’s DigiGirlz 2017 on March 17

DigiGirlz 2017 on March 17

Supported by Governor Gina Raimondo, and in partnership with New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), Microsoft is offering DigiGirlz 2017 at NEIT, an event for 150 middle and high school girls in Rhode Island.

DigiGirlz, a Microsoft YouthSpark program, gives middle and high school girls opportunities to learn about careers in technology, participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops, and the unique opportunity to connect with Microsoft employees.

During the one-day event, students interact with industry professionals to gain exposure to careers in business and technology and to get an inside look at what it’s like to work in the industry. The event provides girls with career planning assistance, information about technology and business roles, thought-provoking exercises, and interesting technology demonstrations. By participating in the Microsoft DigiGirlz Day, young women can learn about the variety of opportunities available in the high-tech industry and can explore future career paths.

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day – a day full of festivities celebrated by the international community to increase gender equality, while celebrating diversity and the achievements of women worldwide. New England Tech supports women in all their professional career ambitions, including those in the fields of technology. New England Tech offers technology-focused associate and bachelor’s degree programs in Game Development & Simulation Programming, Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design, Information Technology, Network Engineering Technology, Software Engineering Technology, Video Game Design, Cyber Security and Network Engineering and Digital Media Production.

Learn more about how you can help build the world’s technology infrastructure at New England Tech at www.neit.edu

For information on attending, please contact us at Admissions@neit.edu

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