ST. PETERSBURG - Kyla Kolb, a student at Lakewood High School’s Center for Advanced Technologies, has received the 2012 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. The award, sponsored by Bank of America and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), recognizes young high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology.
Kolb is one of 35 award winners nationwide selected for their outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.
“Encouraging young women’s interest in technology careers is critical,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT. “Our workforce needs their creativity and their innovation.”
Pete Oberg, CAT program coordinator, describes Kolb as an excellent example of what students can accomplish through dedication, guidance, and vision.
“I am glad the staff and program have given her the opportunity for this wonderful accomplishment,” Oberg said.
The Center for Advanced Technologies is a magnet program housed at Lakewood High School. Curricular offerings within the Center include mathematics, science, computer education, multimedia applications and research. The Center opened in 1990.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a coalition of more than 300 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits working to increase women’s participation in information technology. NCWIT’s work spans K-12 and higher education through industry and academic careers.
For more information, contact Pete Oberg, Lakewood CAT coordinator, 727-893-2916.