INTERalliance & 3GWIT Increase Women in IT - Cintas Video
Information Technology is one of the fastest growing career fields, however girls don't always think of it as an option for them. The perception and misconception is that IT is a male dominated field. Many women feel that there are mostly men going into IT and that IT is no place for women. Cintas Corporation, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is trying to change this perception by mentoring teenage girls at Mother of Mervy High School in Cincinnati. Cintas is part of the INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati, a collaborative effort of Greater Cincinnati Regional businesses and educators, creating an environment that gives local young IT talent a compelling reason to stay in southwest Ohio both for college and their careers. Female employees in Cintas' IT department have mentored the girls at Mercy High School, teaching them that "technology can be fun". A pilot program spun off from the successes of the INTERalliance initiative called 3GWIT, Three Generations of Women in Technology. 3GWIT partners the teenage girls that were mentored by Cintas IT female professionals with 3rd and 4th grade girls. The girls met with the 3rd and 4th graders for an hour a week, teaching them basic computer skills. The partnership between Cintas and Mother of Mervy High School has opened up the career options for these young girls, showing them that they too can have an exciting career in information technology.