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Community roundtable at UMA brainstorms digital learning opportunities

January 09, 2015

By Diane Kokoska, the University of Maine at Augusta Immediately following the UMA Project Login networking event at the University of Maine at Augusta campus on Thursday, November 20, Project Login Director Jay Collier hosted a Regional Roundtable (community event). This diverse group of professionals, students, and educators informally discussed the computing and IT profession in Maine. After brief introductions, the participants discussed strategies to raise awareness of careers in information technology in Maine and to address a projected gap in the number of IT graduates and the number of professional positions that are predicted in the Maine IT field by the end of the decade.

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The discussions led to several women in the group expressing an interest in joining the newly organized UMaine System Women in Computer Science and IT Committee (WCSIT), co-chaired by Diana Kokoska, Coordinator of UMA's Computer Information System's program and Ami Gasper, a member of UMaine's Advanced Computing Group that shares a parallel objective with Project Login to "serve as a state-wide resource to foster leadership, enhance professional development, and increase the number of women employed in technology careers".

 

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