Oct 28, 2016 11:59 AM EDT
Women Motivated To Play Key Role in New York's Effort To Be The Next American Tech Powerhouse
The need for computer technicians, coders, programmers and even scientists are now on the rise due to the evolving technology ecosystem. This is why New York City is not just coping but aims to be the tech powerhouse of America.
The city is not hesitating to spend even a triple of its annual budget just to support programs that would encourage students particularly females to take up computer science initially.
Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island will soon rise, accommodating 2,000 graduate students, manpower team, researchers and investors. It is a venture with CUNY or City University of New York supported by technology firms. Its main aim is to entice women to get involved with technology, according to VOA News.
Brittany Greve, a STEM student (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) student attending Hunter College in New York City observes that very few women are seen at the campus. It's not just something that they would consider as their pathway to future careers.
Technology companies are also doing their share in motivating women to succeed in STEM-related careers despite not having the degree for it. 40% of Accenture employees are women.
Lynn McMahon, managing director of the company explains that to have more women in the field they have to hire them when they are still as young as Junior High school students. That way, they will be exposed to the job making it easier for them to seek for advancement.
Terry Morreale, associate director of NCWIT believes that the education system must also be improved to entice girls in continuing their computing studies. Extra-curricular programs can serve as its campaign channel through from summer camps to student support groups.
These STEM-related professions are so unpopular that a woman would be hesitant to take part unless they see their own kind succeeding in this endeavor. Cornell Tech's first class will definitely be held already at Roosevelt Island in 2017, as disclosed at Cornell's website.
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