Microsoft, WIT partner to offer IT workshops for girls

Jessica Thiel
Posted by of Insight Publications

In an effort to get more girls into computer science classes, Microsoft is partnering with Women in Technology Wisconsin to offer WIT4Girls workshops. Throughout March and April, area companies and organizations will offer 10 workshops throughout Northeast Wisconsin.

The workshops are designed to demonstrate to girls the need for creativity, leadership and problem-solving in technology careers. In addition, each event will include female role models to show girls the faces of women working in technology careers in the New North.

Leading up to the workshops, volunteers attended a training session to prepare. Around 85 people representing 50 organizations attended the first-ever Microsoft and WIT Wisconsin WIT4Girls Workshop Train the Trainer event.

The following companies and organizations will present events in March and April:

  • J. J. Keller & Associates/Boys & Girls Brigade at Fox Valley Technical College, March 4, 7-8:45 p.m.
  • Bemis/Plexus, Microsoft, Oshkosh School Area District at South Park Middle School, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • AAUW Tech Savvy at UW-Fox Valley, March 9, time TBD
  • United Hmong American Association at FVTC, March 15, time TBD
  • Hortonville/Thrivent, Plexus, Microsoft, Skyline Technologies at Hortonville Middle School, March 25, 4-5 p.m.
  • Boys & Girls Club Green Bay/Microsoft, Wipfli, 4H Tech Changemakers, WITonCampus – UW-Green Bay at Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay, April 10, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Oshkosh Corp./Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh, April 16, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Miller Electric/Boys & Girls Club of Menasha, April 17 4-5 p.m.
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College – Girls Can IT, TBD April date, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • De Pere School District/Microsoft at Foxview Intermediate School, April 25, 3-4:30 p.m.