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Franklin University Partners with Microsoft To Host DigiGirlz High Tech Day

For Immediate Release: January 20, 2017

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

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 visit:

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
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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