DENVILLE, NJ-- Last week, 2 STEM classes at Valleyview Middle School had the opportunity to hear about careers in Information Technology from members of the NJ Society for Information Management Foundation.
The Foundation, a give-back component of the Society for Information Management, a national organization of senior IT professionals, has been very active in sharing their passion of Information technology within the community. The Foundation has helped nonprofits with technology grants, provide scholarships to technology oriented students, provide hands on assistance to educational programs like Junior Achievement’s BizTown in Bridgewater, NJ and many other nonprofits programs.
The students who participated in the two sessions very quickly realized just how easily and frequently they interface with technology each day. One student was overheard saying “I don’t want to be a nerd when I grow up”.
The fact is however, that careers in IT involve many different types of roles and jobs. The students defined technology jobs as needing skills like problem solving, project management, critical thinking, creative design and many more.
Most of the students were able to identify a job in technology that they would enjoy doing. Through a brainstorming exercise the students came up with innovative ideas that would make a world a better place to live. Many things they came up with are actually being researched and developed today as they saw in a video titled “A Day in the Life” by Corning Glass. Volunteering students were recognized and given cool IT DEPT t- shirts.
This series of sessions will be enhanced over the summer and will again be facilitated by Foundation members to present to numerous school districts in the northern New Jersey area in the Fall.