Empowering students to become technology confident and competent

Learning new tech skills, exploring career opportunities, and engaging with IT professionals

The Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence partners with numerous organizations and businesses to offer a wide variety of high quality technology education and career readiness resources for K-12 educators, students, and parents. Gain easy access to IT Center and partner resources where elementary through high school students can discover and develop valuable computing and professional skills needed to thrive in higher education and a career of their choice.

Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards Program

High school students identifying as women, genderqueer, or non-binary.

Minnesota Affiliate Award for aspirations in computing

The Aspirations in Computing program and awards offer students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to be honored for their computing-related achievements and interests.  Also offered are year-round skill building experiences and special events to connect with tech savvy peers and opportunities to engage with I.T. professionals.

PowerUP IT

Grades 8-12

Video interviews featuring BIPOC technology professionals sharing their day-to-day work, their personal stories, and their interests.  Perfect for classroom use, and for students in grades 8-12 to view to learn more about IT jobs and roles, as well as how problems are solved by teams utilizing technology tools and computing practices.

IT Discovery Network


An array of Minnesota tech experience providers offering free and inexpensive choices to explore the IT world.


Grades 8-12 identifying as women, genderqueer, or non-binary

Special technology learning and engagement opportunities.


For more information about any of these programs: Contact Boern Vang, Program Specialist