As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), NorthWestern Energy, and Carroll College recognized 20 Montana high school women from 12 high schools for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology.
Jossie Baggett, a junior, of Hamilton High School was one of the 20 selected for the honor.
The award event will be held in the Fortin Science Center Scola at Carroll College on Saturday, April 6 and features four Montana IT women from NorthWestern Energy, Northrop Grumman and SRI international talking about their technology careers.
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to promote the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field, and generate visibility for women’s participation in technology fields. Winners are acknowledged for their outstanding aptitude and interest in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education.
National judges pick the Montana winners.
Carroll College professors Steve Harper and Ted Wendt oversee the Montana contest, which is sponsored by NorthWestern Energy.
NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a nonprofit coalition of over 200 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies and nonprofits working to improve U.S. innovation, competitiveness and workforce sustainability by increasing women's participation in IT. NCWIT's work spans K-12 and higher education through industry and academic careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.