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SU Helps To Get Girls Interested In Technology

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SALISBURY, Md. - Salisbury University and NetApp are working to get more women into the technology field.

More than 300 girls from area high schools spent Thursday at SU, learning about career opportunities in technology.

Despite significant gains for women in disciplines like science and medicine, advocates say there's still a need for more women in technology.

"So, there are more and more women in areas like law and medicine, health field, really anywhere you look there are as many women or more women than men often, but the place where that's not happening is technology.  There are often 30 percent or fewer percent of the workforce is women," said Karen Olmstea, Dean of the Henson School at Salisbury University.

Regina Kunle, VP of America's Channel NetApp believes girls loose interest in technology early on in high school, "they start deciding they can't do these things.  They select out before they really even get the opportunity, and they're influenced by the people around them that maybe...maybe technology isn't cool, it's geeky."

In addition to Thursday morning's panel with the high school students, there were also panel discussions with college students from Salisbury University, as well as network receptions.

This workshop comes just days before the start of Women's History Month,  which kicks off in March.

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