The Ohio affiliate of the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), in partnership with KeyBank, recently honored 56 high school young women from across Ohio at the 2020 Aspirations in Computing awards held virtually on Saturday, May 2nd. The young women were recognized for their leadership and involvement in technology, robotics and applied science, along with their academic success and plans for post-secondary education. Three STEM teachers were also honored with educator awards.
For the past seven years, the Aspirations in Computing awards have been sponsored by KeyBank and held in Columbus OH; this year for the first time, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual ceremony was held virtually via webinar. All award recipients along with their families and educators were invited to join the event, which also included a workshop presented by KeyBank Technology Operations and Service on career opportunities for women in the field of cybersecurity.
Since 2007, NCWIT has inducted more than 16,000 young women into the Aspirations in Computing community and is helping to usher these women into technology careers. The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program is a talent development initiative designed to increase female participation in technology careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to aspiring technically inclined young women. The NCWIT offers both national and local affiliate competitions to generate support and visibility for women's participation in communities nationwide.
Eva Bradshaw, NCWIT Regional Affiliate Manager, welcomed recipients to the community of technical women who will support them on their journeys from their very first interest in computers, to leadership in their schools, to developing technology to solve some of the world’s most complicated problems.
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Recipients are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing offers both a national and local affiliate competitions to generate support and visibility for women's participation in communities nationwide. For information on the national program please visit www.aspirations.org.