Russell Fraenkel

St. Paul, Minnesota
Advance IT Minnesota – Metro State University

On behalf of the Aspirations in Computing Award Committee, we wish to thank NCWIT for their leadership and support. Our local collaboration produced a number of transformative results - for educators/schools, involved partners and the award applicants and winners. State and National award winner Tarissa Jackson provides evidence of how the experience was personally impactful. Every young woman who participated had a similar story to share. She said, “This award has completely changed my life. Before this award I was very reserved and quiet with an interest in technology. After the award, I have developed more communication and networking skills, become more involved with the community, and I have very good knowledge leading into college. I have also found a passion for technology and a possible career path as I head into college with goals of an engineering degree in technology.”