The Journal Gazette
Monday, June 04, 2018 1:00 am

Education Notebook

Concordia student shares tech love

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Hayley Grisez spent last summer helping Concordia Lutheran High School upgrade its wireless network.

It seems only natural the incoming senior will spend a week this summer leading a computer programming camp for seventh- and eighth-grade girls.

“I am super-excited about this opportunity because I get to share my love for technology and help girls to grow with their knowledge and love for technology as well,” Grisez said.

Set for July 30 to Aug. 2 at Concordia, “The IT Girls” will cover basic Java coding, include challenges with robots and feature teamwork to create a Raspberry Pi program. The Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer used to learn programming through practical projects.

The camp, which costs $100 per student, is supported by a $3,000 grant Grisez received through the National Center for Women & Information Technology. The organization works to increase meaningful participation of girls and women in computing.

Numbers on its website show computing is a male-dominated field. Although 57 percent of professional occupations are held by women, women hold only 26 percent of professional computing jobs. Additionally, 57 percent of bachelor's degree recipients in 2016 were women, but women represented only 19 percent of those earning computer and information sciences degrees that year.

It's important girls know they are just as capable of pursuing such male-dominated careers as men, Grisez said.

The summer camp is open to middle school girls because that's a “good age to grab them,” she said. No previous experience is needed.

An Honors Academy student, Grisez is creating the camp for her senior project. She will provide the main instruction but will be assisted by other Concordia students.

“I'm super proud of her,” said Jenny Grisez, the teen's mother. “She's got great things ahead of her.”

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Scholarships, grants, recognitions

• The Fort Wayne Central High School alumni association granted seven $500 scholarship awards. Recipients were: Cameron Crick, Churubusco, Ball State University; Luke Crilly, Woodlan, Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, Michigan; Victor Fink, home-schooled, Huntington University; Hannah Furniss, Carroll, Indiana University; Valerie Goodwin, Divine Child in Dearborn, Michigan, Eastern Michigan University; Kelsey Matthias, Snider, Indiana; and Noah Sierks, Homestead, Indiana.

• CenturyLink awarded more than $16,000 to four Indiana schools as part of its Teachers and Technology grant program. South Adams Elementary School in Berne received nearly $2,400, and Eagle Tech Academy in Columbia City received nearly $5,000. Overall, CenturyLink awarded $1.4 million to fund more than 330 projects across 34 states.

• The Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Academy at Anthis was the overall first-place winner in the annual Hoosier Emergency Response Olympics, a competition for high school juniors and seniors who are training to become firefighters. The team also won trophies in four events, including two for first place.

• Bishop Luers High School has been recognized by the Indiana Department of Education and The College Board for its efforts to provide students with access to and success in Advanced Placement courses and the exam. The high school has also been invited to the June 12 Indiana Advanced Placement Recognition Ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse.


• Grace College is launching a digital marketing degree program this fall. Students will learn about online advertising, email and content marketing, social media strategies, metrics and conversions, user interface and experience, web design and search engine optimization. They also will be encouraged to obtain the American Marketing Association's Professional Certified Marketer Digital Marketing Certification.

Ivy Tech

• The student-run massage clinic at Ivy Tech Community College's Fort Wayne campus will have summer hours through July 25. Hours are 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment. The clinic will be closed the week of July 2. Cost is $25 for the public and $20 for Ivy Tech employees and students, military personnel and those 55 and older. To make an appointment, email or call 260-480-2094.

• Ivy Tech Fort Wayne announced the winners of its annual poetry competition, Ink Cloud: Danica Navarrete, first place, and Josalein Valenzuela, second place. Both students are from Fort Wayne.

• The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Ivy Tech in the Achieve Your Degree program to provide discounted tuition for Indiana Chamber member companies and their full-time employees. A 5 percent discount will apply to a company's existing or future tuition assistance program, as well as to employees who finance their own education.

• Ivy Tech received initial accreditation status for its Associate of Science in Nursing and Practical Nursing programs from the National League for Nursing's Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation. The accreditation status was granted for six years and will be in effect through February 29, 2024.

Saint Francis

Tricia Bugajski, an assistant professor at the University of Saint Francis, was selected to participate in a “Teaching Interfaith Understanding” seminar at DePaul University in Chicago from June 17-21.

• The University of Saint Francis has named Dan S. Soller as vice president for student affairs effective June 29.

Paul Porter will begin his role as director for diversity and inclusion on July 23.


• Trine University and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law reached an agreement allowing Trine students to complete a juris doctor degree through IU McKinney in a combined six years of undergraduate and graduate work. Trine has similar partnerships with other law schools in the Midwest. The new agreement also creates the Trine University Law Scholar program, which provides one exceptional Trine student or alumnus each year a minimum half-tuition scholarship and a guaranteed experiential learning opportunity after completing 32 law school credit hours.

• Two faculty members from Trine University's Franks School of Education will give a presentation at a national conference for educators who work with students considering a teaching career. Assistant Professor Ashley Overton and Dean Anthony Kline will discuss “5 Ways Educators Overlook the Needs of Introverted Students (And What We Can Do Instead)” at the 2018 Educators Rising National Conference from June 21-24 in Orlando, Florida.

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