Members of the Carter County Tomorrow Joint Economic Development Board of Directors received a presentation concerning women in the information technology industry Monday afternoon during their monthly meeting at the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce.
Beth Wolfe and Camille Jessee from the Carter County office of the UT Extension Agency and Deborah Owens from Virginia Tech appeared before Carter County Tomorrow’s Board to encourage support for the Appalachian Information Technology Extension Services (AITES). A partnership between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech, the initiative has been designed to encourage younger women to consider pursuing a career in the computer and information technology industry.
As part of the AITES program, Wolfe said they have traveled to different organizations in the East Tennessee region to speak about the influx of the IT industry into rural areas—including the Appalachian region of the United States—over the last decade. She added that despite the fact that numerous companies have moved a portion of their operations into the area, many have found it difficult to secure an adequately trained workforce, especially among the female population.