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'DIGIGIRLZ' Boosts High-Tech Interests In Middle And High School Girls

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio
 

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

More than 60 Sacramento high school and middle school girls spent Thursday in a high-tech classroom created by Microsoft and the City of Sacramento. 

Ciera Williams is a ninth-grader at the School of Engineering and Sciences in Sacramento.

"I'm here because I'm really interested in technology since elementary school and I want to go to U.C. Davis and this would look really great on my resume."

Celeste Alleyne is with Microsoft. She says the 'DIGIGIRLZ" curriculum was designed to support and enhance schoolgirls' interest in computer and technology fields.

"The world is their oyster. They have an opportunity to do whatever they want to do. And in this world, technology is everywhere. So, there is no job you can take that doesn't involve some sort of technology."

A study by the National Science Clearinghouse shows women earned a-fifth of engineering degrees and a-quarter of math and computer science degrees.

Microsoft estimates seventy percent of the jobs in the future will require those skills.