Mesa Community College Network Academy to Host Girls ‘N IT

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Angela Askey

On November 2, 2012, Mesa Community College’s Network Academy will host the 2012 Girls ‘N IT. The annual technology exploration event was started in 2004 with the goal of helping junior high girls bridge the digital divide. This year, the Network Academy has shifted their focus to providing this educational event for girls in high school.

More than 190 girls from Mesa, Mountain View, Skyline, Dobson, Westwood, Chaparral, and Coronado High Schools, as well as the Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies will participate in this one day event.

During Girls ‘N IT, the attendees will participate in various workshops taught by MCC instructors and local business representatives that focus on evolving IT needs and changes. Some of the workshop topics for this year include: Telecommuting with Cisco; Fashion Design with CAD; Digital Footprints … Where Will Yours Lead; Coaching for Tech Careers; A day in the life of IT resource at Banner Health; The Beauty of Building; and Mind Wide Open.

Tracy Middleton will begin the morning with a keynote address on “Mobile Madness." Tracy’s expertise is Mobie website design. She is the owner of GetYourMobileSiteNow.com, a local marketing and advertising company.

Tracy served as an Electricians’ Mate in the United States Navy. During that time she also taught Basic Electricity and Electronics at a school in San Diego, CA. Following her military service, she became a substitute teacher and continues to teach as such at various schools on the west side of Phoenix.

Peggy Danielson, MCC Academy Coordinator stated, “Today, life revolves around technology and it continues to advance. Nearly every career, from Fashion Design to Medical, contains some element of Information Technology. Our goal is to ignite a passion for IT by providing a venue for girls to explore various IT options.”

About Mesa Community College

Mesa Community College provides outstanding transfer and career and technical programs, workforce development, and life-long learning opportunities to residents of the East Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona. MCC excels in teaching, learning and empowering its more than 40,000 students to succeed in a local and global community.  Mesa Community College is one of ten colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District.

Please direct media inquiries to Angela Askey at angela.askey@mesacc.edu or Sally Mesarosh at sally.mesarosh@mesacc.edu  or the Office of Institutional Advancement at 480-461-7445.  IA website:  www.mesacc.edu/ia.

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