Awards recognize excellence in promoting science, technology, engineering and math education in Georgia

Atlanta, GA – August 7, 2012 – WIT: Girls Get IT has been named a finalist in the first annual S.T.E.M. Education Awards.  These awards were created by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) to recognize and celebrate schools, extracurricular programs, public-private partnerships, science agencies and post-secondary education outreach programs for outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education in Georgia.

“We applaud WIT: Girls Get IT for its extraordinary efforts to bolster awareness about the importance of STEM and for their hard work to increase student participation in science, technology, engineering and math programs,” said Michael Robertson, director of TAG-Ed. “Georgia will need to fill some 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018, so we are pleased to showcase the great schools, programs and organizations that are helping to develop a strong future workforce for our state.”

Girls Get IT was named a finalist in the Extracurricular Program for providing free programs that are committed to inspiring and engaging the educational goals of girls in the Atlanta Metro area.

“This recognition is a testament to the incredible work the Girls Get IT team does to engage girls in activities that encourage them to choose careers in STEM, and we are honored,” said Stephanie Hill, Executive Director of WIT. “More than 4,000 technology jobs exist today in the state of Georgia that cannot be filled because qualified candidates are not available. Supporting the development of girls and women in technology careers is critical to the future of our state’s economy.”

“I am thrilled at how much the Girls Get IT program has grown in the last couple of years,” said Ann Jacobs-Long, Program Director for Girls Get IT. “Being recognized as a finalist in these awards reinforces the extraordinary commitment of the GGIT team, and the companies that have supported us, to the development of girls in technology-based careers. We can’t thank our volunteers and sponsors enough for their commitment to this program.”

Winners will be announced during a special, half-day event on September 14 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. To learn more, visit: http://bit.ly/STEMAwards.