Furthering its commitment to build an environment for greater diversity in the tech industry, Tech Girls Rock promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities for young women. A workshop will take place at Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County in Raleigh, N.C. on March 26 with additional dates and locations to be announced.
“There’s a reason so many young people love science. It’s fun, it’s fascinating, and it helps us solve the mysteries of our world," said President Obama. "I want more boys and girls across America to get the chance to study science, technology, engineering and math – and maybe have the opportunity to go on to careers in those fields, too. So I’m glad so many organizations are stepping up to support STEM education. When we invest in our young people, we invest in our future.”
Tech Girls Rock takes aim at the declining rate of women who are pursuing degrees in tech-related fields (12 percent of computer science graduates in 2012 compared to 37 percent in 1985, according to the National Center for Women in Technology) and matriculation into the technology workforce. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that women make up 58 percent of the U.S. workforce, but only 25 percent of the computing workforce.
CA Technologies CEO Mike Gregoire touted Tech Girls Rock as one of the many ways the company is working to encourage young women to discover an interest in STEM-related educational and career opportunities.
“CA Technologies is committed to promoting gender diversity and actively supports the advancement of women in technology through partnerships and programs like our Tech Girls Rock initiative with Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” Gregoire said. “This is not just an issue for women, but an incredibly important factor in driving growth and development in the IT industry.”
At the workshops, tween and teen participants engage in hands-on, technology-focused challenges and activities to encourage creativity, and work closely with CA Technologies employee volunteers.
“Building excitement for Club youth around STEM subjects is a top priority for Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” said Jim Clark, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Through programs like our Tech Girls Rock initiative with CA Technologies we are providing young women with an opportunity to engage with technology in a fun and interactive environment, pairing them with IT professionals who can share their personal experiences and provide encouragement.”
Tech Girls Rock evolved from a long-standing partnership between CA Technologies and Boys & Girls Clubs of America and incorporates two core focus areas for CA Technologies: the advancement of STEM learning for underserved youth and the advancement of women in IT. Since 2005, CA Technologies has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and contributed more than $10 million in monetary and software contributions to developing opportunities for America’s future generations.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America serves nearly four million youth through Club membership and community outreach annually, of which 45 percent are young women. Tech Girls Rock is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America‘s strategy aimed at ensuring all members graduate from high school on time and are equipped for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
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