Pearls in Tech Pearling Ceremony Marks Completion of the Program
ORLANDO, FL, April 18, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ — Tech Sassy Girlz is on a mission. This nonprofit organization based in Orlando, Florida, has created a career readiness program called Pearls in Tech. It is tailored for high school girls at select Central Florida high schools, with a curriculum focused on entrepreneurship, graphic design, software development and web design.
Pearls in Tech is an afterschool program developed in partnership with Skillsoft, a global leader in corporate learning, to equip high school girls with 21st century digital and technical skills. Skillsoft will provide participating students with access to its award-winning Technology and Developer content library which includes 23,000+ multi-modal learning resources covering a wide variety of the most popular technologies. Students will also have access to Skillsoft’s Business Skills and Productivity and Collaboration content collections. All Skillsoft content will be delivered via the company’s intelligent learning experience platform, Percipio.
Currently Pearls in Tech is offered at the following locations – Dr. Phillips High School, Edgewater High School, Evans High School and Olympia High School. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a micro-certification in entrepreneurship, graphic design, software development and web design. Additionally, students will receive an internship for the upcoming summer with an hourly rate of $11 per hour.
“It’s an absolute honor to partner with Tech Sassy Girlz and contribute training content that will empower and enable these high school students to advance their technical skills sets and pursue their interest in STEAM,” said Chad Gaydos, chief operating officer, Skillsoft. “We are excited to see what these girls accomplish as a result of the Pearls in Tech program and access to an expansive library of technology learning resources.”
To commemorate the completion of the program, the students participated in a Pearling Ceremony, held on Friday, March 29 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm at the Melrose Center, located at 101 East Central Blvd. in downtown Orlando. The program is made possible by the generous support of Skillsoft and sponsors City of Orlando, AceApplications and the Melrose Center.
Tech Sassy Girlz (TSG) was founded in 2012 to empower underrepresented middle and high school girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields through college preparation, career readiness, mentoring and entrepreneurship. Since its inception, the program has impacted more than 800 girls, contributed more than 1,000 volunteer hours and awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships. By exposing girls to examples of women who have succeeded in STEM, TSG hopes to make it easier for girls to envision themselves following a similar path to success and that STEM careers are within reach.
Tech Sassy Girlz (TSG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Orlando, FL. Its mission is to empower middle and high school girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields through college preparation, career readiness, mentoring and entrepreneurship. Programs include informative and hands-on workshops, such as Tech Sassy Girlz Code and hack-a-thons, an annual career development conference, summer camps and the chance to attend Tech Treks to various STEM-related companies throughout the year. For more information, visit www.techsassygirlz.org.
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