Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), designated by the U.S. House of Representatives as the week of computing pioneer Grace Hopper’s birthday, recognizes the transformative role of computing and the need to bolster computer science at all educational levels. During the week, Sansio staff members participated in a panel at the College of St. Scholastica.
The panel presentation was part of the college’s Pathways to Computing, a full day program allowing high school and college students an opportunity to explore careers in computer science and information technology.
Participating on the panel from Sansio were St. Scholastica graduates Kim Berrisford, Tom Berrisford, and Russ Kurhajetz, along with other Duluth-area CSS graduates working in technology including Reed Fulghum from 3Five Designs, Alyssa Engleson from aimClear, and Ben Friesen from Saturn Systems. The panelists provided students with an overview of their technology businesses and personal insight into their positions and how they arrived at their career choices.
The engaging audience of students asked several questions that spurred conversation such as:
“How much of our day is spent working in teams?”
“How much difference in salary do you see if you have a degree?”
and “What skills did you learn that are vital to your role?”
Sansio representatives also provided these words of encouragement to students, “gain a base set of technical skills and show off your enthusiasm. Technical skill may get you an interview at a Software as a Service (SaaS) company like Sansio, but attitude, aptitude, and passion will all be very influential in landing you a career.”
More information about CSEdWeek can be found online at: http://www.csedweek.org/