OSU Institute of Technology is holding an event dedicated to introducing young women to careers that traditionally have been male-dominated. Women in Technology will take place March 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
This event is designed to exclusively provide female students in high school with insight on new career opportunities for those who are interested in high-paying, technology-driven fields.
“Events like this can help women realize that they don’t belong in a box,” Sable Vasquez, OSUIT special events coordinator. “There are many programs we offer that these students won’t be exposed to at other university tours.”
The event provides engaging activities and demonstrations in a career track format to better understand the academic and skill requirements for degree programs that are offered through OSUIT.
“We want to ensure that women have exposure to our programs,” said Vasquez. “Our advisory boards want to diversify their workforce and this gives us the opportunity to expose women to different career paths they may not have looked at before.”
The day will consist of a panel discussion followed by lunch and two 45-minute sessions. The panelist portion of the day will be a question and answer format with women who work in technology-based industries.
Panelists include Jessica Hollis, OSUIT alumna and cybersecurity professional from True Digital Security; Na’Komas Blackford, OSUIT’s Workforce Training Coordinator; Alison Neill, OSUIT student in the Truck Technician program and two additional women with careers in the oil and natural gas industry.
After lunch, the day will continue with two sessions, depending on which programs they choose, Information Technology and Truck Technician or Pro-Tech and High Voltage Lineman.
Vasquez said event registration is filling up quickly. Visit www.osuit.edu/WIT to register.