As part of its commitment, CA Technologies will make a $1 million contribution to Boys & Girls Clubs of America over the next two years to deliver innovative and inspiring learning opportunities to tween and teen girls. In addition to the funding, CA Technologies employees will participate in workshop events, donating their time to provide expertise and real-world experience.
“By using the power of technology, Tech Girls Rock aims to engage and excite these girls about the many opportunities and benefits a career in the IT industry can provide,” said George Fischer, executive vice president, worldwide sales and operations for CA Technologies. “Many studies show there is a need for more diversity and women leaders in the technology industry, which is why it’s important for CA Technologies to support and foster an interest in IT early on for young women.”
Tech Girls Rock will be hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Clubs across the country. These unique workshops will include career exploration panels with technology professionals who will share their own experiences. Participants also will engage in discussions on key IT trends and topics, and will participate in technology-focused challenges and projects, which will provide hands-on technology experience.
The first five Tech Girls Rock workshops will take place January-May 2012 in New York, NY; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; and Plano, TX, with a goal of reaching over 1,000 young women.
“Our strategy supporting education is focused on introducing Club members to new opportunities, like technology, through activities designed to provide fun experiences that are hands-on, interactive, and intentionally develop critical thinking skills,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO-elect, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “This new tech initiative made possible by CA Technologies, equips Boys & Girls Clubs across the country with the capacity to focus tech skills development specifically for young women, ensuring a future workforce that is job ready and destined for a great future in the technology field.”
This program evolved from a long-standing partnership between CA Technologies and Boys & Girls Clubs of America and will incorporate two core CA Technologies focus areas: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and the Advancement of Women in IT.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America serves four million youth through Club membership and community outreach annually, of which 45 percent are female youth. Tech Girls Rock is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America‘s strategy aimed at ensuring all members graduate from high school on time, are equipped for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.
CA Technologies employee Laurel Alizad, right, coaches girls as they reassemble the components of desktop computer at the Children's Aid Society East Harlem Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, in New York. The girls are participating in the new Tech Girls Rock initiative, launched by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and CA Technologies to empower girls to explore a future in the high tech industry. (Jonathan Fickies/AP Images for Boys & Girls Clubs of America)
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