SKYCTC hosts “Women in Computing” conference
Rick Nord of the KY Cyber Fraud Task Force (KYCFTF) speaks to a group in a break-out session of the ACM-W & Kentucky Community Colleges, Celebration of Women in Computing conference held March 16th & 17th, 2023 at Southcentral Kentucky community and Technical College. Over 200 participants gathered at SKYCTC over the two days for the Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, a program organized by the Association of Computing and Machinery.
By Derek Parham – WBKO TV News
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Over 200 students gathered at SKYCTC over the last two days for the Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, a program organized by the Association of Computing and Machinery.
Students for the program ranged in age from middle schoolers to post-graduates, learning everything from cyber security to 3-D printing. Organizers said that the conference is open to anybody with an interest in technology, not only women.
“We have participants coming from all over Kentucky, as well as the United States. We even have some presenters that are international,” said Carmen Gaskins, a professor at SKYCTC and Co-Chair of the Conference Organization Committee. “Our goal, again, is to get women within the community college system interested in all aspects of technology, but we do not want to limit just women.”
Day one of the event included a tour of the Corvette Museum facility, as well as a keynote speaker to lead celebrations for women in computer sciences.
The event’s second day focused on learning new skills and was hosted at the SKYCTC KATI campus. Through classes, vendors, and a career fair, the event allowed potential employees to find positions with local jobs in technology.
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