COMPUTER WHIZ - Hallie Carter, a member of the 2016 graduating class of Fulton Independent School, was recently honored as one of only 13 students across Kentucky who received an Award for Aspirations in Computing. The award was announced at the Award Celebration of the Kentucky Affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology at the Lexington Convention Center recently.
According to their website, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 650 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that at least 1.1 million job openings will be available by 2024, with almost 2/3 of those going unfilled because of the lack of qualified candidates. The award, and the NCWIT, seeks to grow the field of college graduates with computer-related degrees, especially with women, who are grossly underrepresented in the field.
Carter, the daughter of Brent and Sabrina Carter of Fulton, was the only student west of I-65 to receive the award. She was part of the initial class of students taking coding classes this year and completed an Advanced Placement course in computer science. She has used her technology skills in art, music, and in making short films to this point. Carter plans to attend Western Kentucky University in the fall, where she plans to pursue a degree in film education and editing.