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Volunteer Spotlight: Ganesh Chandrasekaran

October 18, 2018

Written by volunteer writer Amy Freeman Volunteer instructor Ganesh Chandrasekaran takes the phrase "never stop learning" seriously. He already has a master's degree in computer applications and is currently hard at work on a second master's at Rowan University, where he's also an adjunct professor. His interest in technology was sparked in the 11th grade, when he started learning GW-BASIC. Now, he's a senior engineer at Comcast and he regularly works with MySQL, MS SQL Server, Python, Spark, and Hive. He also develops and maintains websites with WordPress and is looking forward learning more about artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics…

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The TechGirlz Annual Report: 2017-2018

October 16, 2018

TechGirlz 2017-18 officially ended on July 31st. We are excited to share with you our progress for this year. Numbers are part of the story we tell to show our forward momentum. Look for our girls sharing their stories about their role in technology during our 2018-2019 school year.   Watch Presentation Video View Presentation PDF

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Checking in with a TechGirlz Alum: THE END OF A GREAT SUMMER OF WORK

October 11, 2018

It is bittersweet to see our TechGirlz age out of the program, but we love to watch them move on to bigger and better things. We couldn't be more proud of TechGirlz alum, Angel Bird as she tackles her first college internship. Check out the recap written by C.C. Chapman, a freelance writer, photographer, marketing consultant, advocate/volunteer and teacher that spent hours teaching, mentoring and managing the Wheaton Innovates (WiN) Team of students. For some of the students, this was their first work experience. Many of them were working with technology and on projects that they had never thought of…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Janel Kinlaw

October 2, 2018

Written by volunteer writer Amy Freeman TechGirlz volunteer Janel Kinlaw knows what it's like to be one of the only women in the room. She decided to study computers and technology in college on the recommendation of her high school computer teacher and ended up earning a bachelor's of science in information systems. Today, she owns a consulting company that provides workflow analysis and project management support. She describes her role as "half tech support, half business analyst." One project she's currently working on involves helping a team tweak their configuration and leverage a software platform more efficiently. Her time…

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Benefits to Volunteering (with TechGirlz)

September 25, 2018

Mercedes Petrellis, TechGirlz Volunteer and IT professional, shares her experiences being a Teaching Assistant for the organization. She exposes the benefits of volunteering and the personal/professional rewards gained by volunteering with the organization, such as meeting new people in the field and learning something new in tech. The full article was originally published August 21, 2018 on Mercedes’s personal blog page, Agile Dragonfly: Sharing Insights and Embracing Change. Volunteering for a worthy cause is a selfless act – or is it? You are giving of your time and efforts, but you gain so much more in return. I’ll share with…

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