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ITA Talent Director Joins Board of Expanding Your Horizons Chicago

Wednesday, February 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gary Hotze
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Partnership is key part of ITA strategy to expand STEM programming and support.

The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) announced today that Trisha Degg, Director of Talent Programs at ITA, joined the board of Expanding Your Horizons’ (EYH) Chicago chapter. EYH is a one day symposium for middle school girls to engage in exciting and diverse experiences that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers have to offer. Volunteers from the Chicago STEM community organize short, hands-on workshops to directly engage with the girls at a critical time in their development.

EYH is one of several local STEM organizations that the ITA supports. Others include:

  • Chicago Tech Academy (ChiTech) – a non-profit, 4-year contract school located in University Village. ChiTech seeks to increase the number of minority and low-income students that pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in college and careers.
  • Girl Develop IT - a nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development
  • Year Up - provides a free, one-year, intensive training program, empowering low-income young adults to succeed in professional careers and higher education

“I’m honored to be joining the local board of Expanding Your Horizons,” said Degg. “ITA is invested in growing the pipeline of tech talent in Chicago. Although we have programs to help our members with tech talent acquisition, we know that we can’t do it alone. Finding and partnering with great organizations like EYH and ChiTech Academy expands our reach, increases the pipeline and diversity of talent in Chicago and provides these organizations with the exposure they need to the local tech community.”

 

To learn more about the organizations ITA supports, visit: illinoistech.org/industry-impact.


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