Generating SPARCS … Sustaining Passion, Ambition and Resolve for Career Success

SPARCS … a youth technology development program for female high school students in Minnesota

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SPARCS is designed to help students:

  • increase awareness and understanding of information technology (IT) career opportunities
  • explore different types of technology tools and applications and build technology skills
  • be supported by women technology professionals
  • build relationships with other young women who have similar and diverse technology interests
  • consider higher education options and prepare for college entrance
  • become aware of special program offerings provided by SPARCS partners including access to potential college scholarships, internships and college job opportunities in the tech field

SPARCS NEWS & EVENTS

MN girls 13-18: SPARCS does database at Mall of America – April 22, 2017

MN girls 13-18: Level-up your Salesforce.com database skills using the gamified Trailhead Basecamp at our FREE SPARCS event Feb. 25.

SPARCSdoesSECURITY WANTS YOU!, April 1, 2017

Free SPARCS event April 1, 2017 Female IT Security ‘sages’ will share their knowledge and excitement of cyber security at the Kopp Technology Center, Century College, White Bear Lake.
MORE SPARCS NEWS  

How is SPARCS delivered?

Special events are offered during the school year, typically on Saturday day, and in some cases during the school day. A week-long day-camp is offered during the summer. Students and parents receive notice of the events and are provided a registration link.
Activities, classes, competitions and special events offered by SPARCS partners are communicated to SPARCS eligible participants. SPARCS is a development program associated with the Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Program. Visit: www.advanceitmn.org/2015-aspirations-in-computing-awards

Who is SPARCS eligible?

Female students who applied for the Minnesota and National Aspirations in Computing Award are eligible to participate, as are other high school students who have technology interests and aspirations.  The SPARCS program year is generally October through August of the following year.

What organizations are involved?

The lead organization is Advance IT Minnesota, a Center of Excellence within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. Other partners are the Twin Cities Chapter of the Association of Women in Computing, Girls in Tech – Twin Cities, Women Leading in Technology (WLiT) through the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA), and the National Association of Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).

Support for SPARCS is also provided by the 30+ sponsors and partners affiliated with the Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards Program. 2015-16 program partners have been: Brocade, Code Savvy, General Mills, Macalester College, Metropolitan State University, Microsoft, Salesforce and Unisys.

LIST of SPARCS, STEM Events, 2015-2016

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Scenes from SPARCS@Mac 2015

LEARN MORE ABOUT SPARCS

Contact Russell Fraenkel, Director of IT Career Pathways and Partnerships, Advance IT Minnesota, russell.fraenkel@metrostate.edu, (651) 253.9438.