Columbia Area Career Center Web Design/Graphic Design student Michelle Algya (Heritage Academy) has received the 2015 St. Louis and Southern Illinois Regional NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women & Information Technology. She was also named a national runner-up in the competition. Columbia Area Career Center Geospatial Technology/Analysis student Allyssa Johnson (Southern Boone High School) and Computer Programming student Katherine Lydon (Rock Bridge High School) also received recognition for their computer-related accomplishments in the same competition.
The students were selected for their demonstrated, outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, leadership ability, excellent academic history and plans for post-secondary education. All three young women will be honored at an awards ceremony in March at the Millennium Center on the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) campus.
The NCWIT Award, sponsored by Bank of America, Bloomberg, Microsoft, Intel and the National Center for Women & Information Technology, recognizes young high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests in an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology.