UI Coeur d’Alene Hosts Digin’IT Camp for Girls

Thursday, July 18 2013


COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Middle school females will be Digin’IT at the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene Center July 22-26. A community showcase will highlight 27 area middle school students and four high school interns participating in the information technology enrichment program on July 26 from 1-3 p.m.

Dign’IT was designed for middle school females to help increase their interest in careers in computer science and software engineering. The free program creates a path to college and high-tech careers for local students with high potential but limited opportunities. The program is sponsored by local tech company iShoutOut, the Verizon Foundation and UI CDA.

“The goal of Dign’IT is to provide students with meaningful experiences that will expose them to interesting careers and motivate them to continue on the academic path needed,” said Julie Amador, UI curriculum and instruction faculty.

One of the highlights of this year’s camp is learning software engineering and coding while incorporating design and visualization elements.

Amador explained that the software industry is among the fastest growing industries worldwide. In the U.S., five of the top 10 fastest growing jobs are in computer related fields. Two of the three highest salaries for bachelor’s degrees are in computer science and engineering.

The Dign’IT camp is part of a bigger effort at UI Coeur d’Alene to create programs to raise awareness of these exciting careers and to address the workforce and research needs of the growing regional software and IT industry.

The region already benefits from a burgeoning and healthy IT industry base, but comprehensive programs for training current and future employees and entrepreneurs for the IT industry are not in place. UI is working closely with existing regional IT companies to ensure that programs focus on the skills required for industry success.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.