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Courtney Swisher Selected to Attend Code Crush

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Dr. Deepak Khazanchi, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Courtney, Amanda Rucker, CodeCrush Coordinator at Graduation
Celeste Rogers and Courtney Swisher at Closing Ceremonies

University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Information Science and

Technology Hosts CodeCrush

Popular IT immersion program for 8th and 9th grade girls now held twice a year,

local student selected to attend


OMAHA - As part of an overall effort to close the gender gap and meet the workforce deficit in information technology, The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of

Information Technology (IS&T) hosted an information technology immersion program for 8th and 9th grade girls. Courtney Swisher, from Halsey, Nebraska, is an

8th grader at Sandhills Public Schools was chosen from 134 applications from three states (Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa) and over 60 different communities vying for 32 spots for the 2017 fall class.

Celeste Rogers, business teacher at Sandhills HighSchool is the mentor for Courtney during the program.


The program, known as “CodeCrush,” begins Wednesday, November 15th and ran through Saturday, November 19th.


Participating students will take part in half-day workshops in IT fields such as bioinformatics, cybersecurity, IT Innovation and making Apps on the computer. Morning sessions will consist of panels with current IS&T female students, female alumni, female entrepreneurs and business leaders. Afternoon and evening sessions will be filled with activities centered on information technology in Omaha, such as a Start Up Crawl, a tour of Hudl, Gallup and the Henry Doorly Zoo, Students will have sessions in App Development, Digital Forensics, and Bioinformatics. A major component of CodeCrush requires the students to bring a teache/rmentor to attend workshops on how to bring IT practices into their current curriculum and become IT champions in their own schools. CodeCrush is a program lead by the University of Nebraska Foundation’s Women in IT Initiative, a community-driven task force seeking to double the number of women enrolled in UNO IS&T programs and help fill the IT workforce deficit in Omaha. By the year 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will  be 4.2 million jobs in computing and information technology in the United States. Despite this expected growth, the number of available qualified IT professionals is low and women comprise just 25 percent of all computing-related occupations in the United States. The Women in IT Initiative is funded by private donations and implemented by the NU Foundation in consultation with the Women in IT task force. The Women in IT Fund taskforce members include:

  • Sue Thaden, taskforce chair
  • Lynne Baldwin, president of Baldwin, Hackett & Meeks Inc.
  • Susan Courtney, vice president of information services and chief information officer for BlueCross BlueShield
  • Melissa Crawford, senior vice president for markets, products and technology for Physicians Mutual
  • Karen Rau, assistant vice president of systems engineering for Union Pacific Railroad
  • Melissa Moreno, IT Manager for Gallup
  • Katie Barton,Executive Director, Software Development & Services for Gallup
  • Tom Sivo, chief technology officer for Interpublic Group of Companies
  • Scott Tylski, vice president of information technology for ConAgra Foods
  • Terry Hanna, director of development for the University of Nebraska Foundation
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Sandhills Public Schools107 Gandy Ave PO Box 29Dunning, NE  68833

308-538-2224Fax: 308-538-2228

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