News Release

Cisco Systems & National Education Association Highlight the Need for Women in Information Technology

150 DC-area female high school students and teachers to attend;
Experts and IT professionals dispel myths and expose students to high tech careers
Mar 22, 2004

March 22, 2004


Addressing a glaring gap in the number of men and women in the Information Technology (IT) field, Cisco Systems and National Education Association (NEA) will host an event in Washington D.C. to encourage DC metro-area female high school students to consider careers in IT.

The event includes:

  • A panel of Cisco Networking Academy students, Cisco executives and women in high technology careers who will address the need for females in the technology field.
  • A working lunch for female high school students to interact with IT professionals to learn about IT opportunities.
  • A workshop in which the girls will help address real world problems by creating technology solutions.
  • Session for teachers to discuss how schools can create an atmosphere that encourages girls to consider furthering their studies in computer science and engineering.

WHEN Tuesday, March 23rd; National Education Association
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. -- Opening remarks, Keynote and Student Panel
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- Concurrent sessions begin
PRESENTERS Remarks given by:
  • Christine Hemrick, Vice President, Technology Policy & Consulting Engineering Group, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Reg Weaver, President, National Education Association
WHERE National Education Association Headquarters
1201 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
ABOUT CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY PROGRAM The Cisco Networking Academy Program is the world's largest e-learning community, using a combination of web-based curriculum, instructor-led learning and hands on labs to teach students networking and IT. There are approximately 220 Cisco Networking Academies in D.C., Virginia and Maryland high schools and colleges offering students the skills they need to be prepared for the 21st Century Workforce.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION Walk up registration is available for media interested in attending the keynote and opening NEA event.
FOR MORE INFORMATION Abby Smith, Corporate Public Relations
Cisco Systems, Inc
(408) 525-8548

Anjjeta McQueen
National Education Association
(202) 822-7251