TCTC Receives NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Educator Award

Trumbull Career & Technical Center Educator, Kristofer Doran, has received the NCWIT AiC Educator Award. The award, powered by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), identifies exemplary formal and informal educators who play a pivotal role in encouraging 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary to explore their interest in computing and technology. The award recognizes these educators for their efforts to promote gender equity in computing. 

One hundred fifty recipients were selected from 48 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. Each recipient will receive recognition, a trophy, and prizes, including eligibility to apply for professional development funds.

“These educators' support goes a long way in motivating students to apply their creativity and unique perspectives as they learn computational skills. Students are often more likely to pursue computing education when they are encouraged by their educators and other adult influencers,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders.

About NCWIT Aspirations in Computing

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community that convenes, equips, and unites change leader organizations to increase the influential and meaningful participation of girls and women — at the intersections of race/ethnicity, class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, and other historically marginalized identities — in the field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development. 

NCWIT AiC is a sweeping national talent development initiative for women in computing, from kindergarten through graduate school and beyond. The program provides year-round, high-touch, structured engagement, recognition, opportunities and encouragement, as well as lifelong peer and professional networks for thousands of technically inclined women. Since 2011, more than 500 educators have been recognized and have received more than $225,000 in professional development funding to improve their computing education skills. (www.aspirations.org