Aspirations in Computing Program
The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Program provides a long-term community for technologists who self-identify as women, genderqueer or non-binary, from K-12 through higher education and beyond, encouraging persistence in computing through continuous engagement and ongoing encouragement at each pivotal stage of their educational and professional development.
In the bigger picture of NCWIT, as an NCWIT Affiliate Coordinator or Committee Member
supporting this Program; this is where you are.
AiC Community members are supported by their peers, volunteers, their Regional Affiliate and NCWIT Alliance member organizations who offer exclusive access to scholarships, internships, and professional work. Community members also give back to others by planning and leading computing experiences for peers and near-peer girls (kindergarten through high school) through AspireIT and other opportunities.
Women enter the Community in one of three ways:
- Receiving the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing during their high school years (as either a Winner, Honorable Mention, Certificate of Distinction, or Rising Star recipient, either regionally or nationally)
- Applying for membership while attending college and majoring or minoring in Computer Science or a related field.
- Being a TECHNOLOchica Ambassador.
AiC helps womxn of the Community to strengthen their leadership, technical, and entrepreneurial skills, further preparing and motivating them to participate in the computing workforce.
NCWIT communicates with our nearly 20,000 Community members via emails containing news and opportunities, opportunities posted to our member-only portal, and through posts in Facebook. They also actively communicate with one another via a Facebook Group where over 6,000 peers and near-peers support and guide one another 24/7.
AiC serves all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, all U.S. military bases overseas, and Canada.
The AiC program includes:
- Aspirations in Computing Community - accessible only by admitted members and NCWIT staff
- AspireIT near-peer mentoring program - for Community members and NCWIT members to spark more girls' interest in computing
- Recognition: Aspirations in Computing High School Award - to encourage 9th-12th grade students
- Recognition: Aspirations in Computing Educator Award - for Educators and Influencers of High School womxn
- Recognition: NCWIT Collegiate Award - for womxn in college deserving recognition for a technical accomplishment