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Franklin University Partners with Microsoft To Host DigiGirlz High Tech Day

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Sherry Mercurio
Director of Public Relations
614.947.6581
Email: sherry.mercurio@franklin.edu

Columbus, OH (September 19, 2017)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is pleased to announce it has partnered with Microsoft to host the DigiGirlz High Tech Day, an event created to inspire young women to pursue tech careers and break stereotypes. 

DigiGirlz High Tech Day will bring local high school students to Franklin University’s main campus for an event that will help dispel gender stereotypes of careers in the high-tech industry. Through this day’s activities, Microsoft and Franklin University aim to educate and inspire the next generation of women IT leaders by introducing them to the considerable opportunities and career choices available.           

Councilwomen Elizabeth Brown will help kick off the event with an inspirational message for the attendees. The participating students will then be introduced to computer coding with hands on activities as they interact with Microsoft and Microsoft Partner executives.             

Historical data demonstrates lack of adequate female representation in technology courses and careers:

Girls comprise 56% of all Advanced Placement (AP) test-takers and 46% of all AP Calculus test-takers, yet make up only 19% of AP Computer Science test-takers.*
Although the computing industry is one of the fastest-growing and highest paid industries in the U.S., to date, girls and women continue to be significantly underrepresented in technical occupations.* 
According to a survey that is administered with SAT exams, both male and female college-bound high school students report significantly less exposure to computer programming courses than to computer literacy courses. More than 60% of the 1.5 million students surveyed who reported no high school computer coursework or experience at all were girls.*
Women constitute 46.5% of the workforce in the U.S., but hold just 25% of mathematical and computer science jobs and 11% of engineering jobs. Of the women in engineering professions, only 7% are Hispanic and 6% are African American**
*    Source: “Girls in IT: The Facts,” National Center for Women & Information Technology, 2012
**  Source:  U.S. Department of Labor, 2008; National Science Foundation, 2007

In addition to meeting with successful female executives at Microsoft and their partners and customers, the participating female students will have opportunities to hear from keynote speakers, experience hands on courses and explore the latest innovative technology.

For more about Microsoft DigiGirlz click here

EVENT INFO:
When:    Friday, Feb.17, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where:   Franklin University, 201 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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