San Jose, Calif. (Sept 29-30) – The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and the Televisa Foundation today launch TECHNOLOchicas, a national initiative to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology:
Special Guests Lourdes Castro Ramirez, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public Housing and the five stars of TECHNOLOchicas
TECHNOLOchias Campaign Launch
September 29, 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT Where: Cureton Elementary School 3720 East Hills Drive San Jose, CA 9512
The five stars of TECHNOLOchicas
TECHNOLOchias Campaign Launch When: September 30, 2 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PDT
Santee Elementary School 1313 Audubon Drive San Jose, CA 95121
TECHNOLOchicas shares the powerful stories of five Latinas from diverse backgrounds and environments who share a passion for technology and its power to change the world: Natalia Rodriguez, Jessica Santana, Madeline Martinez, Janeth Vargas, and Janet Barrientos.
Both technology occupations and the Hispanic population are exponentially on the rise. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts 1.2 million computing-related job openings by 2022. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for
Hispanics reports that Hispanic girls and women are currently one in five women in the U.S. and will comprise nearly one third of the country’s female population by 2060. Latinas represent a vast untapped talent pool, occupying only 1% of jobs in the computing workforce in 2014. Developing Latinas as qualified technical job candidates is critical for improving the economic outlook of the Hispanic community and increasing diversity in the computing workforce, which will in turn increase the bottom line of the U.S. economy.
TECHNOLOchicas is made possible through the support of Apple, the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions (CASHI), EMC Corporation, Google, Microsoft, Sphero and Univision, and will be deployed via the NCWIT K-12 Alliance partner network.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a change leader network of more than 650 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.
About the Televisa Foundation
The Televisa Foundation’s mission is to help propel Latino children and youth through innovative education and culture programs by becoming a national champion of Latino education and culture addressing key issues through innovative solutions and acting within broad networks of partners. www.televisafoundation.org.