Women In Technology

Benton County Information Technology is proud to announce the kick off of the Women in Technology (WiT) Program!

Did you know that women are underrepresented in technology academics and careers?  Although K-12 girls comprise 56% of all Advanced Placement (AP) only 19% take the AP Computer Science test.  In addition, women earn 57% of all undergraduate degrees, but only 18% of these undergraduate degrees are in computer and information science. 

To help regionally close this gender gap in technology, IT is launching a learning web portal that provides free technology training (yes free).

During this kick off period, we are giving access to the portal (https://www.pluralsight.com/customer-success/benton-county/wit) to any interested Benton County employee. Later, we will open the portal to constituents in Benton County. The portal provides a variety of learning opportunities no matter your background.  By accessing the portal you will also be provided a mentor to help guide you along your learning path, even if you’re not sure where your interests may lie.

Some important notes about accessing the portal:

  • There is no cost to participate.
  • Although the portal is marketed to women, it is open to any Benton County employee.
  • Access is limited to 3 months, however, you may reapply after the 3 months is completed if you like.
  • Participation in the program is voluntary, on your own personal time, and no compensation is promised or provided.
  • Training must be accomplished with you own personal PC and own Internet connection. 
  • The County will not reimburse employees for any costs incurred while accessing training.
Seats are limited, so if you think you may be interested in participating in this program, please email wit.contact@Co.Benton.OR.US.