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UNO sets goal to double number of women pursuing IT degrees

Omaha May 30, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

A look at the University of Nebraska Omaha's College of Information Science & Technology shows women make up just 14 percent of its undergraduate students, the Omaha-World Herald reported this week. Nationally, the number of women earning all computer and information science degrees is 18 percent. "There are so many unfilled jobs in IT, you just need to get more creative," Sue Thaden, CEO of IT consulting firm CRi, told the World-Herald. So UNO is getting creative. In the coming month, the university intends to launch a half-dozen programs. Its long-term plan: raise $400,000 for programs to introduce girls to IT, with the goal of doubling the number of women in its College of IS&T in the next two years. — Source: Omaha World-Herald


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