NCWIT AND MOTOROLA FOUNDATION HELP YOUNG WOMEN EXCEL IN COMPUTING CAREERS

February 5, 2009

National Center for Women & Information Technology Receives Innovation Generation Grant

(PRLog) NCWIT, the National Center for Women & Information Technology, today announced it has received a $50,000 Innovation Generation grant from the Motorola Foundation. The grant will fund NCWIT “Talking Points,” a series of easy-to-use conversation cards designed to promote participation of women and underrepresented groups in information technology (IT) careers by helping people talk about the issues.

The Motorola Foundation’s Innovation Generation grant program seeks to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and encourage them to be part of a skilled, innovative U.S. workforce. Innovation Generation provided $4 million in 2008 to K-12 programs across the U.S.

“By showing students what technology careers are like in the real world, projects like NCWIT’s encourage students to participate in a dynamic and competitive global marketplace,” said Eileen Sweeney, director of the Motorola Foundation. “Innovation Generation programs open their eyes to possibilities.”

The first in the NCWIT Talking Points series targets parents, educators, and counselors, and includes topics for encouraging a young woman to consider a career in IT; a Spanish-language version soon will be available. Future versions of Talking Points will debunk myths about technology jobs, describe attractive IT careers, and emphasize the usefulness of IT skills in a variety of jobs. NCWIT Talking Points are easy to read and share, and they are printed on a single 5 x 8 card for easy reference. The Talking Points are free and can be downloaded at www.ncwit.org.

“Through its support for the Talking Points series, Motorola is helping NCWIT to nurture a powerful, untapped talent pool,” said Lucy Sanders, NCWIT CEO and Co-founder.

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About the Motorola Foundation

The Motorola Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola. With employees located around the globe, Motorola seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, fostering innovation and engaging stakeholders. The Motorola Foundation focuses its funding on education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. Since 2000, the Motorola Foundation has contributed more than $35 million to education initiatives with a focus on STEM. For more information on the Innovation Generation grant program please visit www.motorola.com/giving.

About NCWIT

NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a coalition of over 170 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits working to improve U.S. innovation, competitiveness, and workforce sustainability by increasing women's participation in IT. NCWIT's work spans K-12 and higher education through industry and academic careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.