MCC Hosts Girls Get IT: A career exploration and advancement event

MESA, Arizona – Dec. 5, 2019 -- Girls Get IT is a free, daylong event hosted Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 by Mesa Community College at its Southern and Dobson Campus (Navajo Room, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa). The workshops are designed to introduce young women to the paths available to them in the field of Information Technology (IT).

“The Girls Get IT event is a great opportunity for high school girls and young women to participate in engaging hands-on activities, learn about emerging technologies, network with professional women in STEM careers and discover college courses and programs that help to prepare women for a career in technology,” said Dr. Linda Collins, Maricopa Community Colleges, Lead Technology Evangelist for IT Models.

The morning is dedicated to guiding more than 150 high school girls as they explore IT career possibilities. Hands-on activities demonstrating the possibilities of technology applications are featured with inspiring stories of career journeys from by women in IT who hold positions ranging from engineers to data analysts.

Universal Robots, a Danish firm that makes robot technology accessible to small- and medium-sized enterprises, is providing an exciting robotics demonstration. The company’s co-founder, Esben Østergaard, received the 2018 Engelberger Robotics Award from the American Robotic Industries Association, considered the Nobel Prize in the field.

The afternoon kicks off with an address from Dr. Maria Harper Marinick, Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor, and includes an IT Think Tank with more than 40 female IT professionals participating in a panel about supporting the next generation of women in IT by identifying roadblocks and potential ways to remove them.

Girls Get IT is sponsored by the Maricopa Information Technology Institute-East Valley (MITI), a collaborative between Mesa Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Scottsdale Community College. The Institute provides career readiness for the IT sector, including courses to up-skill incumbent workers. MITI meets the emerging technological workforce’s demand for talent in areas of app development using Swift/Xcode, big data, cloud computing, mobile and wearable technology and the Internet of Things.

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Media contact: Dawn Zimmer, MCC,, 480-461-7892

Mesa Community College is nationally recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College and is known for service learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to education. The college serves as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 30,000 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs online, at its two campuses, the Mesa Downtown Center and additional locations. Through the implementation of Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services, MCC is transforming ways it champions student success; college completion, university transfer and career attainment for all students. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution. The diverse student body includes more than 400 international students representing over 60 countries. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training to empower MCC students to compete locally and globally. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, MCC is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Learn more at

Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the career and technical education programs of the District. MCCCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: (480) 731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa College system, visit

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, December 5, 2019