College of Technology to host conference about women in technology

March 4, 2011

High school students can learn about math and science-related careers during an upcoming conference at Indiana State University.

The College of Technology at ISU will be hosting the fourth annual "FIT for the Future" conference on March 17. The student Females in Technology (FiT) organization will run the event in conjunction with the college. The conference is a career exploration event that offers hands-on activities designed to share the experiences of professional women who work in technology and engineering fields. The conference provides a platform to learn about how women in these fields chose their careers. Anyone interested in a career in engineering or technology is encouraged to attend the conference to learn more about what technology fields have to offer females.

"It helps the students understand what people actually do in these career fields, how diverse the options really are, and how their skills and interests can connect to technology and engineering," said Bev Bitzegaio, director of outreach and student career support in ISU's College of Technology. "Perhaps most importantly, the college and professional females serve as role models. The high school girls see that people like them are successful and happy in careers like these."

The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the John T. Myers Technology Center on the ISU campus. The cost of attendance is $10 per participant, which includes lunch and workshop materials. Registration for the event is required and sign-up information can be found at http://technology.indstate.edu/fitforthefuture/index.htm. Please submit registrations by March 10.

A series of workshops are planned for conference participants to engage in some of the practical uses of technology. Each workshop will be run by a FiT member with a full listing of the conference workshops available at http://technology.indstate.edu/stud_org/FIT/workshops.htm. Participants select the workshops of interest on the registration.

Females in Technology (FiT) is a student organization at ISU that provides professional development, networking and outreach experiences for females in technology majors. The College of Technology provides opportunities that are designed to educate females about potential careers in science, technology, engineering and math through a variety of annual events, conferences and other platforms. FiT is active in hosting most of these events and is instrumental in their success.

Contact: Bev Bitzegaio, director of outreach and student career support, College of Technology, Indiana State University, 812-237-3575 or Bev.Bitzegaio@indstate.edu.

Writer: Scott Campbell, Indiana State University, media relations assistant, at 812-237-3773 or rcampbell10@indstate.edu.