Free seminar for women interested in IT

Demand is rapidly growing for female information technology professionals in the Houston region and beyond, and Lee College wants to help fill those open positions by encouraging women to consider an education and career in computers.

The college’s Computer Technology Division will host the free “Becoming an IT Woman” seminar from Aug. 11-14 on campus. The event will teach women practical skills — like designing a website, building a network and dismantling a computer to make basic repairs. It will also give them insight into the wealth of potential opportunities in the world of information technology.

Participants will attend sessions daily from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with lunch provided by culinary students from the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District. Each day will be devoted to a different topic: Web design and digital media; Cisco networking; mobile application design and programming; and computer maintenance. Classes will revolve around hands-on activities, with female instructors who have all experienced success as professionals in the information technology industry.

“When a computer breaks down, it’s got to be fixed right then and there,” said Charles Ganze, chairman of the Computer Technology Division. “Women are intelligent, patient and creative. They can do this work, and it’s a lucrative field.”

A limited number of spots are still available for the “Becoming an IT Woman” seminar at Lee College. Women must be at least 16 years old to participate. To reserve a seat or get more information, contact Afton Dickson at 281.425.6477.