2016 Aspiration Awards

Despite holding six in 10 American jobs, women held just 26 percent of computing occupations in 2013. And of the 1.2 million expected openings for computer specialists by 2022, the current number of American graduates can fill only 39 percent. What can help solve both of these gaps? One strategy: Inspire today’s young women in high school to become the next generation of technologists.

That’s why the Minnesota Chapter of ISSA is excited to announce our sponsorship of the 2016 Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Awards. Now in its fourth year, the Aspirations Awards program honors young women in high school, grades 9-12, who have demonstrated computer-related achievements and interests. We congratulate the 30 Minnesota honorees who will be celebrated and recognized at this year’s award ceremony on Tuesday, April 19 at the Vadnais Heights Commons.

Unique this year, all 96 Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Awards applicants have been invited to participate in the Sustaining Passion, Ambition and Resolve for Career Success (SPARCS) program. The program provides an opportunity for the young women to connect with mentors, develop new IT skills and participate in activities led by prominent local women in the technology industry.

Congratulations to all of the award winners on behalf of the Minnesota Chapter of ISSA,  – we are excited to work alongside you someday soon, and look forward to celebrating your accomplishments on April 19!

Further information can be located here.