With a growing job market for technology employees and not enough qualified applicants, it is becoming more important than ever to expose students to computer science early on. Calabrio’s Women in Tech group is dedicated to helping diverse students uncover the exciting opportunities in tech and encouraging skills—such as coding—that build a foundation for success in any career path they want to pursue.
This past weekend, Calabrio’s Women in Technology group hosted the Twin Cities Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) High School Technology Program. The group, comprised of local high school students focused on application development and other technologies, enjoyed a full day of learning, activities, and celebration.
Students heard from Calabrio’s Savannah Hanson and Ryan Banks, who shared their experiences and emphasized the importance of a more diverse population in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM) careers. Gary Mahle, senior systems administrator at Calabrio, gave the kids a tour of the Calabrio server rooms, explaining how the company supports both employees and customers through on-premises and cloud infrastructure.
The hands-on fun came next as students showcased their coding skills by solving a maze game created by Morgan Bridges, Calabrio employee and BDPA Technology Program instructor. Calabrio contractor Chris Ward and his daughter, Lily, led a demonstration about robotics. Students were amazed and inspired as they used code to make the robot move.
The Twin Cities chapter of BDPA was founded in 2008 to be a catalyst for professional growth and technical development for minority youth and professionals in STEM careers. Their mission is to support local IT professionals and youth to increase the number of historically underrepresented persons of color in Computer Science and Information Technology fields.
Founded in 2016, Calabrio’s Women in Technology (WIT) group is dedicated to empowering women at Calabrio to succeed while positioning Calabrio as an employer of choice for women in technology. With a focus on professional development, recruiting and retention, and community outreach, WIT events encourage networking and conversation about important topics. WIT is open to all Calabrio employees, regardless of gender identity.