High school students spend summer studying startups

While their peers have been soaking up the sun or working summer jobs, a cohort of high school students spent the month of June learning how to be technology entrepreneurs.

High school students came from as far north as Layton and as far south as St. George to join Utah County teens twice weekly in the Tech Entrepreneur Apprenticeship program. Sponsored by the Women Tech Council and Peak Ventures, local entrepreneurs came in and focused their presentations less on starting a specific business and more on the skills needed to be successful in any business.

“We structured each session as a workshop around a specific skill. These students need a bunch of […]

2018-07-11T21:08:40-07:00

Women Tech Council and Peak Ventures Launch Tech Entrepreneur Apprenticeship Program for High School Students

Program pairs students with Silicon Slopes entrepreneurs to learn skills and prepare for technology workforce

SALT LAKE CITYJune 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Women Tech Council (WTC) in partnership with Peak Ventures today launched the Tech Entrepreneurship Apprenticeship program. This four-week program for high school juniors and seniors teaches technology and entrepreneurship skills from industry entrepreneurs and leaders and provides hands-on experiences in careers that align with student interests, ultimately beginning students on a path to enter and lead the technology workforce and pursue their passions.

“Giving high school students direct access to some of the technology entrepreneurs who are building and shaping Silicon Slopes to collaborate and learn, is a powerful tool to teach students vital […]

2018-07-11T20:51:13-07:00

Women Tech Council Launches SheTech Summer Internship Program To Immerse High School Girls into Silicon Slopes

Program inspires girls to pursue STEM through mentoring and hands-on experience

SALT LAKE CITYJune 5, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With thousands of open technology jobs nationwide and a huge demand for more women to fill them, Women Tech Council (WTC) today launched the 2018 SheTech Summer Internship program. Building off other STEM activation events and opportunities in SheTech, this program connects high school girls with tech companies throughout Silicon Slopes to gain hands-on experience, mentoring and skills that will help them pursue STEM fields and careers.

“The entire technology ecosystem benefits from a strong, diverse workforce, with cohesive teams that can leverage the talent and skills of many,” said Cydni Tetro, president of WTC. “Helping more women enter […]

2018-07-11T20:49:04-07:00

Nominations Open for 2018 Women Tech Awards

Awards recognize key women impacting and leading technology sector

SALT LAKE CITYMay 4, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Women Tech Council (WTC) today announced the opening of nominations for the 2018 Women Tech Awards. Now in their 11th year, the awards program recognizes women across all technology disciplines who are trailblazing new paths, leading and founding technology companies, and building innovative tools, technologies and experiences.

“As Silicon Slopes continues unprecedented technology growth, women are playing a key role in driving that growth in their roles from engineers to software developers and executives,” said Cydni Tetro, president of WTC. “The Women Tech Awards allow us to shine a light on these women and help inspire […]

2018-07-11T21:12:26-07:00

Utah biz leaders look out for slowed growth, speak out against tariffs and ‘protectionist’ policies

 

In order to elevate Utah business, leaders in both the private and public sector said the state’s focus needs to be on planning for the future, at the 12th annual Utah Economic Summit on Friday in Salt Lake City.

To adequately plan for Utah’s economic future, two major themes summit presenters looked at are business growth and skills education.

Growth

 “Utah has the most diversified economy in the nation,” said Natalie Gochnour, director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, in her Friday morning presentation looking at Utah’s economic trends.

While 2018 will continue to be a very strong year economically, Gochnour cautioned that she foresees slower business growth for the state in 2019. Utah’s economy […]

2018-04-30T20:28:58-07:00

Peak Capital ranks well, Utah business ranks well, Talent Innovation Summit, Utah County CRE Symposium, Springville makes business list

Peak Capital ranked among largest U.S. apartment owners

Peak Capital Partners, a Provo-based apartment investment and management company, announced it was named by the National Multifamily Housing Council to the 2018 NMHC 50, the annual ranking of the nation’s largest apartment owners.

“We’re proud of Peak’s growth, and of our impact in the communities where we own,” said Chris Manning, CEO of Peak. “The firm started with a single acquisition in 2009, and we now provide affordable housing to over 21,000 families across the United States, with a portfolio valued at more than $2 billion.”

Womply ranks Utah 15th for local business sales for early 2018

Utah ranked No. 15 nationally for sales at small, local […]

2018-04-30T20:30:39-07:00

Local Tech Pros Help Us Crack The Girl Code — And Ban The Words ‘Balance’ And ‘Bossy’

For our Spring 2018 issue of Utah Valley BusinessQ, we invited the women to sit at the table — more specifically, we invited women in tech. These local tech pros have cracked the code on how to work in a male-dominated industry. 

Bennett, BusinessQ: What advice do you give to women in tech?

Birch, MTEC: I talk to so many girls who think they will be a mom and they don’t need to get an education and work. I’m not saying being a stay-at-home mom is a bad thing. But I tell them that the climate right now is for technology. We don’t have many girls in our programs, and when we do, they are asked […]

2018-04-05T19:02:40-07:00

Talent Ready grant program calling for new applicants

SALT LAKE CITY — For young people in rural communities in Utah, finding a meaningful career path can be exceptionally challenging. Students in high school often find work at local fast-food establishments and have little understanding of what options could be available beyond that field.

But a program funded by a grant through the state Department of Workforce Services is helping some kids in rural Utah and statewide find their way to potentially life-changing career choices.

Talent Ready Utah launched its 2018 grant program late last month aimed at creating more work-based learning and career pathway programs for students and adults participating in the labor force. This year, total funding allocated for grants will be $1.92 million, […]

2018-04-05T18:50:59-07:00

Utah’s SheTech Conference aims to inspire generation of girls

On March 1, more than 2,000 girls gathered in the Mountain American Exposition Center in Sandy for the SheTech Conference. These girls, ranging from ninth- to 12th-graders, were there for one purpose: to learn about and encourage their activity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Founded by the Women Tech Council, the SheTech Conference is an annual conference held in Utah to encourage girls to connect with STEM.

“SheTech is a STEM activation program,” said Cydni Tetro, president of the Women Tech Council. “It is really about how we inspire these … high school girls into STEM … how we can help them become interested.”

The main goal of […]

2018-03-17T21:48:09-07:00

SheTech Explorer Day encourages girls to pursue STEM careers

 

(KUTV) — High school girls are flooding into the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy for SheTech Explorer Day.

The event is now in its fifth year and has grown so much that organizers have had to find a new venue to keep up with the demand.

The goal of SheTech is to motivate and inspire high school girls to pursue STEM careers.

More than two-thousand high school girls will conduct science experiments, work with technology and meet with mentors from some of Utah’s various tech companies.

[See full article here]

2018-03-03T22:40:05-07:00

Seeing is believing — SheTech shows girls there’s a future for women in Utah’s tech industry

When Nadia Diaz and Abbi Rogers were students at American Fork High School, “inspirational” chemistry teacher Whitney Beckstead took them to SheTech Explorer Day three years running.

The chance to interact with women who had established careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) had a big influence on the teenagers. Both now 18, Diaz is now studying forensic science at Utah Valley University while Rogers is at Utah State University, studying veterinary science.

“I wouldn’t be majoring in veterinary science if it weren’t for SheTech,” Rogers said Thursday, when the Women Tech Council held […]

2018-03-03T21:54:51-07:00

2,000 Utah High School Girls Prepare to Fill Tech Job Shortages

SANDY, UtahMarch 1, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With more than 4,000 open technology jobs in Utah and women representing only 23 percent of the state’s technology workforce, the Women Tech Council today launched SheTech Explorer Day. Drawing a record of 2,000 high school girls from across Utah, this day-long event activates, engages and inspires these girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on experience and mentoring.

Since launching in 2014, SheTech has motivated and inspired more than 12,000 girls throughout Utah to pursue STEM, some of whom are now enrolled in university STEM degrees seeking careers they first learned about at SheTech. After drawing increasing crowds year over year, the program’s record-high student […]

2018-03-02T23:39:54-07:00
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