Denver, Colo., June 28, 2010 - As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) recognized six young women from Denver-area high schools for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology.
The young women are winners of the Denver Metro Affiliate NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, which recognizes high school women from the Denver metropolitan area for their computing-related achievements and interests. Each winner received an engraved award, an award for her school, $100 cash, and various prizes donated by local sponsors. The winners were honored on Monday, June 28, during a reception at Marlowe's in downtown Denver, in conjunction with the ISTE (International Society of Technology Education) 2010 conference at the Colorado Convention Center.
Sponsors of the Denver Affiliate Award program include the Association of Information Technology Professionals Mile High Chapter, Colorado School of Mines, Girl Scouts of Colorado, Google, Microsoft, NIST, University of Colorado at Boulder and the ATLAS Institute, University of Denver, ViaWest, and w3w3 Media.
"Encouraging more young women to pursue computing and technology is vital to building Colorado's technical workforce," said Nancy Phillips, COO of ViaWest and an NCWIT Board Member. "ViaWest is proud to be a part of recognizing the aspirations of these talented young women."
"With technology jobs projected to grow faster than all other job sectors in the next decade, it's imperative that we nurture the computing aspirations of women, who will make up half the professional workforce," said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT. "Colorado's support for this award allows us to recognize and encourage talent that might otherwise be overlooked."
Following are the 2010 winners of the Denver Metro Affiliate NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing:
Aryaled Ascencio, Denver School Of Science And Technology, Denver, CO
Robin Betz, Fairview High School, Boulder, CO
Kirsten Lang, Overland High School, Aurora, CO
Monica Mishra, Peak To Peak Charter School, Lafayette, CO
Nishtha Oberai, Niwot High School, Niwot, CO
Linda Palacios, Frederick Senior High School, Frederick, CO
About NCWIT The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a non-profit coalition of more than 200 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits working to increase women's participation in IT and computing. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.