GGC accepted into STARS, establishes Technology Ambassadors

Georgia Gwinnett College has been accepted to participate in the Students & Technology in Academia, Research & Service (STARS) Alliance, a National Science Foundation-supported organization. GGC’s participation will provide $14,000 in funding for the implementation of best practices at the college, including a leadership program for students interested in technology.

Georgia Gwinnett College has been accepted to participate in the Students & Technology in Academia, Research & Service (STARS) Alliance, a National Science Foundation-supported organization. GGC’s participation will provide $14,000 in funding for the implementation of best practices at the college, including a leadership program for students interested in technology.

The mission of the STARS Alliance is to increase the participation of women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities in computing disciplines through recruiting, retention and leadership development initiatives. It focuses on students from middle school through graduate school.

“This funding enables GGC to expand its outreach activities by equipping students to serve as technology ambassadors who will conduct workshops for middle school students, demonstrate innovative use of technology, serve on planning teams and attend professional development events,” said Nannette Napier, assistant professor of information technology and a program liaison. “Such service-learning experiences will build technical competence, leadership skills, a sense of community and an interest in computing.”

Program funding will provide a stipend for up to 10 students and two faculty members for two academic years, beginning August 2012. Selected students will attend the annual STARS leadership conference.

Candidates for the program must complete at least one information technology course, obtain a GPA of at least 2.5, commit to working five hours per week for the 2012-13 academic year, and show interest in community service, technology and leadership skills. Women and members of groups under-represented in computing (African-American, Hispanic and Native American) are strongly encouraged to apply.

“This program will broaden the educational experience for students in the program’s targeted groups,” said Kristine Nagel, GGC’s associate vice president for Educational Technology Development and Evaluation. “The technology ambassadors will receive intense mentoring from GGC faculty and peers. They will develop a support system that will encourage their persistence in college and in technical fields.”

For more information visit teacherweb.ggc.edu/nnapier/content/tap.

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