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More Women Needed for IT Jobs

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

More Women Needed for IT Jobs

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OKLAHOMA CITY - One way to fill the gap in information technology positions is to recruit more people, and more women should be targeted to fill those roles, said Brandy Semore, executive director of Oklahoma Women in Technology.

But businesses and foundations should look for potential employees in secondary schools, said University of Central Oklahoma Chief Information Officer Cynthia Rolfe. More is needed to get girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, at an early age.

"We don't encourage young women to look at technology or other STEM fields," Rolfe said.

She was among four women with executive-level positions in information technology who discussed how to attract more female candidates into the field across industries. They spoke to about 65 people at the 11th annual Oklahoma IT Symposium, held at the Cox Business Services Convention Center.

Tatiana Rozzell's nonprofit is working toward a way to bring more young people into the computer software and engineering field. She founded her group, Learn to Code, in 2014, when she couldn't find any software development classes for her daughter.

It was difficult at first to find instructors in the Tulsa region, she said. …

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