July 25, 2008

Girls Get Technical at Summer Session

By Scott Johnson, Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.

Jul. 25--The field of technology is growing every day and the pay is getting better all the time, but not many girls are trying out for the geek squad.

A summer program at H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College is trying to change that by making girls more familiar with high-tech opportunity -- and how much fun it can be to build a Web page or tear apart a computer.

The two-week Girls Exploring Technology program is for girls ages 12 to 16, and the course that concluded last week marked the fifth summer it has been held at Trenholm.

It's all about giving girls a head start in the tech world, said Arlinda Knight, director of Trenholm's continuing education division.

"The program is designed to try to bridge the gap in interest in technology between boys and girls," Knight said.

The 10 girls who took part in this year's program learned about designing a Web page, building computers, using programs like Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Photoshop and doing research on the Internet.

Ordinarily, there's a $99 fee for the program but this year it was free thanks to sponsorship by Information Transport Solutions Inc.

Trenholm's staff believes it's never too early to start learning about computers and other technology. The school offers another computer course for younger users and several other programs geared to young students.

Earlier this summer, it offered Youth Cooking Camp at Harper's Culinary Lab in Montgomery Mall for ages 12 to 16. The teens learned how to make spring salad creations, a bruschetta sandwich and cookie ice cream parfait.

Financial Planning and Career Preparation for Teenagers and the Youth Leadership Institute are programs for students ages 13 to 18, and each had 25 students this year.

Beginning Spanish teaches conversational skills and Hispanic culture to students ages 12 to 14.


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