Female Gender Gears Up for IT Jobs

(Click to TweetCisco Systems thrives in a culture of empowerment, engagement, and innovation, making it one of the most admired IT companies to work for. They vigorously partake in activities to increase women's interests in IT careers. Nearly 25% of total new hires at Cisco are females.

Stanly Community College (SCC) students Lindsey McRae and Megan Chapman were both chosen to attend a special event that was held at Cisco’s Research Triangle Park campus in Raleigh, and it was by invitation only. Both students were escorted by SCC’s Business, Career, & Technology Director, Sylvia Lewis. Approximately 64 female students from top colleges and universities in North Carolina attended. The event was lavishly decorated in a pink theme, from balloons to goody bags, and each participant went home with something pink. Cisco executives, as well as marketing and IT personnel spoke on various topics, including women in IT, Cisco innovations, and resume and interviewing skills. The guests were given a tour of the campus including their brand new fitness facility.

“Wow, what great experience! No matter where my future takes me, today has had a great impact on my self-confidence,” said Lindsey MaRae, SCC Networking Technology anInformation Systems Security degree candidate 2015. Lindsey is also studying for the CCNA Certification, which is an Associate level of Cisco Certifications that can be related to network installations, operations and troubleshooting. After graduation, she hopes to become an IT engineer for Cisco at their Charlotte branch.

Megan Chapman, who is also studying for the Networking Technology anInformation Systems Security degree, and the CCNA Certification, is set to graduate in May 2015 too. “I seriously love the vision of this [Cisco] company. I'm so excited for my future.”

Megan is hoping that her future plans include traveling around the world as an IT engineer for Cisco.

Stanly Community College strongly encourages the female gender to branch out into the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Nearly 71% of Stanly Community College’s degree seeking students are females, and only 1.2% are seeking IT degrees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will be highest at firms that provide cloud computing technology.”

For more information regarding the Networking Technology program, contact Brian Crump at (704) 991-0373, and for the Information Systems Security degree or the Cisco Academy, contact Kelly Caudle at (704) 991-0346.

Lindsey & Megan

Pictured: Lindsey McRae (left) and Megan Chapman (right) were both chosen to attend a special event that was recently held at Cisco’s Research Triangle Park campus in Raleigh. Only 1.2% of degree seeking women at SCC are studying for careers in the IT industry.