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Advance IT Minnesota

Advance IT Minnesota is a Center of Excellence within the Minnesota State College and Universities (MnSCU) system. The Center’s mission is to engage employers, educators, and learners to develop a more robust IT Workforce in Minnesota. The Center’s vision is to position Minnesota as a top-ten regional economy for information technology careers as measured by total IT-related employment. 

Women are the greatest untapped source of IT talent in Minnesota.  Center leadership recognizes that numerous engagement strategies need to be employed to support high school age young women to choose a technology education and career pathway.   Advance IT Minnesota endeavors to provide MnSCU enrolled students with IT learning and work-ready experiences to meet the needs and demands of technology-based and technology dependent businesses. 

  • Russ Fraenkel

Allegheny College

Allegheny’s undergraduate residential education prepares young adults for successful, meaningful lives by promoting students’ intellectual, moral, and social development and encouraging personal and civic responsibility. Allegheny’s faculty and staff combine high academic standards and a commitment to the exchange of knowledge with a supportive approach to learning. Graduates are equipped to think critically and creatively, write clearly, speak persuasively, and meet challenges in a diverse, interconnected world.

  • Janyl Jumadinova

Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) was founded in 1994 by renowned computer scientist Anita Borg, Ph.D. (1949-2003). Initially known as the Institute for Women in Technology, IWT was renamed in 2003 to the Anita Borg Institute in order to honor Dr. Borg. Through their work every day, the Anita Borg Institute seeks to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, and increase the positive impact of technology on the world’s women. Since 1997, ABI has developed tools and programs designed to help industry, academia and government recruit, retain and develop women technology leaders. By providing inclusive platforms designed to ensure women’s voices, ideas and spirits will result in higher levels of technical innovation, ABI delivers programs that are changing the world for women and for technology.

  • Barbara Gee

Arizona State University - Mesa

ASU Mission: To establish ASU as the model for a New American University, measured not by who they exclude, but rather by who they include; pursuing research and discovery that benefits the public good; assuming major responsibility for the economic, social, and cultural vitality and health and well-being of the community. ASU Goals 2002-2012: Access and Quality for All: Expand university access to match Arizona diversification and growth, Enhance university graduation rate, Enhance linkages with community colleges; National Comprehensive University by 2012: Become a leading center for interdisciplinary science and technology discovery and development, Enhance research and discovery competitiveness; Establish National Standing in Academic Quality and Impact of Colleges and Schools in Every Field Enhance our Local Impact and Social Embeddedness: Enhance linkage to local and regional social and community development groups, Establish/develop/enhance linkages and partnerships with local, regional and national NGO’s, governments and public agencies, and private sector firms

  • Mutsumi Nakamura,
  • Farideh Tadayon-Navabi

Arizona State University - Phoenix

ASU Mission: To establish ASU as the model for a New American University, measured not by who they exclude, but rather by who they include; pursuing research and discovery that benefits the public good; assuming major responsibility for the economic, social, and cultural vitality and health and well-being of the community. ASU Goals 2002-2012: Access and Quality for All: Expand university access to match Arizona diversification and growth, Enhance university graduation rate, Enhance linkages with community colleges; National Comprehensive University by 2012: Become a leading center for interdisciplinary science and technology discovery and development, Enhance research and discovery competitiveness; Establish National Standing in Academic Quality and Impact of Colleges and Schools in Every Field Enhance our Local Impact and Social Embeddedness: Enhance linkage to local and regional social and community development groups, Establish/develop/enhance linkages and partnerships with local, regional and national NGO’s, governments and public agencies, and private sector firms

  • Suzanne Dietrich
Arizona State University

Arizona State University - Tempe

ASU Mission: To establish ASU as the model for a New American University, measured not by who they exclude, but rather by who they include; pursuing research and discovery that benefits the public good; assuming major responsibility for the economic, social, and cultural vitality and health and well-being of the community. ASU Goals 2002-2012: Access and Quality for All: Expand university access to match Arizona diversification and growth, Enhance university graduation rate, Enhance linkages with community colleges; National Comprehensive University by 2012: Become a leading center for interdisciplinary science and technology discovery and development, Enhance research and discovery competitiveness; Establish National Standing in Academic Quality and Impact of Colleges and Schools in Every Field Enhance our Local Impact and Social Embeddedness: Enhance linkage to local and regional social and community development groups, Establish/develop/enhance linkages and partnerships with local, regional and national NGO’s, governments and public agencies, and private sector firms

  • James Collofello,
  • Arturo De La Cruz,
  • Yann-Hang Lee,
  • Lauren Levin,
  • Stephen Rippon,
  • Carrie Robinson

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

The hands-on training you will receive at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College will provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in this very exciting and fast-growing field.

The Computer Information Technology curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for employment with organizations that use computers to process, manage, and communicate information. This is a flexible curriculum that can be customized to meet community information system needs.

Course work will develop a student’s ability to communicate complex technical issues related to computer hardware, software, and networks in a manner that computer users can understand. Classes cover computer operations and terminology, operating systems, database, networking, security, and technical support.

  • Pamela Silvers
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Association for Computing Machinery

ACM unites computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. Through its Special Interest Groups, ACM publishes the proceedings of more than 150 conferences and symposia each year. The ACM Digital Library provides an expanding bibliographic database of all relevant articles in computing, with over 1 million citations to date. ACM's mission includes assessing and influencing the impact of information technologies on all aspects of society. ACM also helps shape U.S. public policy, improve gender equity and diversity, and influence the teaching of computing and information technology.

  • Jennifer Black,
  • Lillian Cassel,
  • Elizabeth Hawthorne,
  • John White

Association for Information Systems

The Association for Information Systems (AIS) serves society through the advancement of knowledge and the promotion of excellence in the practice and study of information systems. AIS is the premier professional association for individuals and organizations who lead the research, teaching, practice, and study of information systems worldwide. (Revised 12/2010)

  • Promote AIS as a global leader for excellence in information systems research, practice, and education
  • Position information systems as a leading profession in the service of society
  • Lead and promote excellence in information systems education and scholarship
  • Provide services and products to meet the diverse needs of members and related communities
  • Jane Fedorowicz
Auburn University

Auburn University

Auburn University was established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, 20 years after the city of Auburn's founding. In 1960 the name of the school was changed to Auburn University, a title more in keeping with its location, and expressing the varied academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university. Today, Auburn is one of the few universities to carry the torch as a land, sea and space grant university. Their Fall 2010 semester enrollment was 25,078. Their students can choose from more than 140 degree options in 13 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Auburn University has developed into one of the largest universities in the South, remaining in the educational forefront with its traditional blend of arts and applied science, and changing with the needs of today while living with a respect for the traditions and spirit that are Auburn.

  • Saad Biaz,
  • David Bourrie,
  • Kai Chang,
  • Daniela Marghitu,
  • Cheryl Seals