$500 grant will help recruit more Women in Technology
The College of Technology’s Women in Technology (WIT) student organization got a little bit of help in their efforts to recruit the next generation of female leaders in technology, thanks to a $500 grant from the National Center for Women & Information Technology.
WIT was awarded the 2012 Student Seed Fund grant, sponsored through a partnership between NCWIT Academic Alliance and Symantec, for their participation and support of the college’s Discovering Opportunities in Technology (DOiT) program that targets 11th grade girls (See slideshow of the 2012 DOiT program at the end of the story).
The three-day annual DOiT program helps girls become familiar with all aspects of technology through interactive sessions at the College of Technology. Participants connect with current Purdue students, experience a taste of college life and learn about life-changing careers in technology.
“Purdue’s Women in Technology club has a large number of girls in computer-related programs and I felt that the seed fund award could help us recruit and increase these numbers.” said Rachel Kennedy, WIT president. “The grant will help us provide an experience for the girls that will be beneficial to their future. ”
The NCWIT Student Seed Fund is given annually to student-run programs and initiatives that promote NCWIT’s mission to increase participation of women in computing and IT programs.