October 26, 2015
As part of its ongoing commitment to further opportunities for women in technology, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) selected 15 online IT students to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the world's largest gathering of women technologists, in Houston, TX, in mid-October.
"We recognize the importance of developing the next generation of female leaders in technology fields,” said Gwen Britton, PhD, executive director for SNHU's STEM programs. “Our mission is focused on the success of our students. By offering this opportunity to some of our best and brightest technology students, we can help position them for future growth and success in their selected field.”
The students took in inspirational keynotes from top female executives from global computer technology powerhouses, such as Facebook, GoDaddy, YouTube and Forbes, and a couple shared why their online degree program is working for them – even before they have a degree in hand.
Christina Pare is earning a BS in IT with a concentration in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence. She has already applied computer technology coursework to her job. “We actually just opened a tech bar at my company for employees to bring their laptops or iPhones up to the desk if they’re having any issues,” the New Hampshire resident said. “And the software that we used to build the sign-in application – I helped build it. So, I was able to contribute it to my system design class as one of my projects.”
Natalie Feldman is working on her MS in IT with a concentration in Data Analytics. The Florida resident is developing a patent, and her degree is helping her bring her product to life and release it. “One of the things that I’m looking forward to utilizing … is the ability to capture, measure, monitor and analyze the information that will be derived out of the patent,” she said. “So the predictive analytics program is a perfect match for me, because one of the elements that this patent will create is a tremendous amount of additional data.”
The conference included a career fair, where SNHU students networked and learned more about available positions, as well as breakout sessions representing several different areas within computer technology such as data science, security, mobile applications and game design and development.
"We provide career support throughout the entire online student experience as well as post-graduation,” said Brian Vas, assistant vice president of SNHU Career. “This conference is a great opportunity for our students to apply networking and resume-building skills they’re learning as a student.”
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