Utah State University recently partnered with the Women Tech Council to create the Student Innovators group, which aims to help more women receive degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Women Tech Council, a national organization “focused on the economic impact of women in driving high growth for the technology sector,” aims to increase the number of women pursuing fields through mentorship programs and networking opportunities, according to the group’s website.
Camille Knudson, a member of the organization, often finds herself stretched thin between working full-time, raising three children and studying management information systems at the USU-Tooele campus.
However, Knudson said participating in the council has enhanced her educational experience and provided opportunities for her to network with professionals in her field, which she said can be difficult as a non-traditional student.
Knudson said the program is particularly useful for helping college women feel confident in their education and future STEM careers.
“I think it’s kind of important that we get the word out as much as possible that girls can do this, and we’re just as capable, if not even more capable,” she said. “It’s just a really positive and great environment.”
Sara Jones, the chief operating officer and co-founder of the council, said she began the organization in 2007 to increase the visibility, opportunities and network for women in STEM fields, particularly in in the information technology field.