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Women focus of computer careers gathering

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Pellissippi State Community College is offering a computer careers open house for Knoxville-area women today, April 7.

The event is from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The open house is open to female rising eighth-grade and high school students, their parents, Pellissippi State and other college students, and other women in the community interested in learning more about careers in computing.

“We are excited about and grateful for the opportunity to share and be an influence on young women in their career choices,” said Christy Watson, a computer science and information technology student and chairwoman of the student club that received the Symantec Student Seed Fund grant.

“In some of my computer science and information technology classes,” she said, “I’m the only woman or in the minority among mostly male students. I think women often relegate computers and technology to being the equivalent of ‘gaming,’ or they feel that they’ve outgrown their interest in computers.”

Open house presenters will include Pellissippi State faculty and students, as well as area professionals and employers in the computer science and IT industries.

The open house is funded through a $1,000 grant to help encourage women in computing and information technology fields. The grant is administered by the National Center for Women and IT Academic Alliance.

The Alliance includes more than 275 colleges and universities.

The program is charged with implementing institutional change in higher education, particularly in providing access to leading-edge best practices for recruiting and retaining women.

Visit www.pstcc.edu or call 694-6400 for more details.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.