Kristin Breen says she couldn’t sum up her new job as program coordinator at Walton College’s Information Technology Research Institute any better than her title does. Continue reading In The Spotlight: Kristin Breen
One summer while in high school, Rachel Mooreland traveled from her Bartlesville, Oklahoma, home to attend a summer program at the University of Arkansas. Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Rachel Mooreland
More than 100 young women in high school and junior high school networked with professional women currently working in the field of information technology during the 2nd annual Girls in IT event to learn about industry careers, courses, and needed skills. This daylong affair was held at the Sam M. Walton College of Business on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Schools from Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Prairie Grove, and even as far away as Pine Bluff, participated. The day was filled with a mix of activities, all geared toward encouraging young women to consider information technology as a field of study and a career. Continue reading Girls in IT Conference
On Thursday, Oct. 2, more than 300 high school and college students attended the IT Executive Forum, hosted by the Information Technology Research Institute at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. After introducing each group of students and their teachers, young people eagerly asked these technology executives how to prepare for the future.
Gabriel Cullier is a recent graduate of the Sam M. Walton College of Business with a B.S.B.A in Economics and Information Systems.
When asked what most interested him about Information Systems Gabriel said, “The potential of solving problems with systems and computer engineering is endless. It seems like every other day a new technology platform comes out so just being a part of an industry that gets to keep up and be involved with perfecting the instruments is enjoyable. Information Technology is the forefront of everything these days. Why not be a part of it?”
The event that sparked his interest in an IT career? He credits his experience as a mentor in the Technology Awareness Program, coordinated by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Information Systems Department. Designed to expose high school students in underrepresented groups (women and racial minorities) to the field of IT and to college life, the Technology Awareness Program also serves to recruit students to the University of Arkansas and promote their interest in IT as a degree concentration and career path.
“I was visiting the Walmart Innovations Lab in Bentonville and was exposed to a medley of technology that was being pitched to Walmart. Each unique pitch piqued my interest and introduced me to the creative world of Information Technology and Computer Engineering. That next day I changed my major.”
He also said, “ The Technology Awareness Program introduced me to a world of technology that I didn’t know previously existed. It was a very enlightening experience that left me with tangible and intangible accomplishments that helped me prepare for college.”
Gabriel currently works for Walmart Stores, Inc as an IT Rotational Analyst. He has aspirations of becoming a strategist where he can push the envelope of what technology can accomplish for business purposes in eCommerce and mobile applications.
He credits his experience as a student for preparing him for what he would encounter in the workforce, and states that his learned knowledge of database management and SQL as being most beneficial.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of math and computing-related jobs are projected to increase by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020 and have a median annual wage of $73,720 in 2010. Yet many women and minorities are not seeking these lucrative careers. In fact, women hold only 26 percent of professional computing positions. Continue reading Making Waves for Women in IT
E.J. Farley was an avid reader while growing up in his hometown of El Dorado, Arkansas. One book in particular got him to look at life a little differently. In fact, it helped him see opportunities. Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: E.J. Farley