Minnesota Aspirations in Computing High School Students

Empowering students to become technology creators

Learning new tech skills, exploring career opportunities and demystifying the I.T. industry

The Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence offers a wide variety of high quality technology education and career readiness resources for K-12 educators, students, and parents. Through the IT Discovery Network students gain easy access to our partners and third party organizations that facilitate experiences where elementary through high school students can discover and develop valuable  computing and professional skills needed to thrive in a career of their choice.

Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Award Program

Young women in Minnesota high schools – we are your go-to resource. The SPARCS and Aspirations in Computing programs offer year-round skill building experiences and special events to connect you with tech savvy peers, awards programs, and opportunities to engage with female I.T. professionals.

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Bridging Tech Talent from High School… to College… to Career

Through job shadow partnering efforts, the Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards (MNAiC) Program exposed, young women in high school who are passionate about technology to I.T. career paths across a diverse spectrum of industries.

2018 Aspirations in Computing Award Highlights

At this year’s ceremony, 35 young women from across Minnesota high schools were recognized for their GRIT and achievements in technology. Along with being recognized, honorees were awarded prizes ranging from tech devices, scholarships, job shadowing and internship opportunities.

Announcing the 2018 Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Awards Honorees

The 2018 Aspirations in Computing Awards ceremony, was held on April 17th. 35 Minnesota high school young women were recognized for their technology related interests and achievements.

Achieving Resilience with Strength-in-Numbers

In our series finale and fifth Strength in Numbers feature, we speak with Sahar Ismail CEO & Co-founder of LegacyArmour and keynote speaker at the Minnesota Aspirations in Computing, 6th Annual Aspirations in Computing Awards Ceremony on April 17th.

Where Are They Now: Ananya Mishra

In our fourth feature, we meet with another extraordinary MNAiC Alumna, Ananya Mishra. She is a 2014 Aspirations in Computing Awards national honorable mention recipient and 2013 Minnesota state winner from Maple Grove, Minnesota.

How to Maximize I.T. Talent Gain and Minimize Talent Loss

Minnesota Women Technologists weigh in on what MN Businesses can do to increase the number of women in tech roles while retaining existing talent.

Microsoft Introduces SPARCS Students to New Innovation Center

Microsoft welcomed over 100 high school aged young women and I.T. professionals to an interactive day of learning and networking at their new Edina, Minnesota innovation lab.

Where Are They Now: Sarah Aladetan

We meet with MNAiC Alumna Sarah Aladetan in the third feature of the “Where Are They Now” series. Sarah was a 2013 Aspirations in Computing Awards national winner and Minnesota state winner from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.