April 2, 2019


Kathleen R. McMorrow

The Communications Optic, LLC.

Phone: 973.665.8167


New Jersey young women to be honored with 2018-2019 Aspirations in Computing Awards sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology

(Wanaque, NJ) Cynthia Hetherington, Hg’s founder and president, will inspire young high school women on April 2nd at the 2018-19 Aspirations in Computing Awards (AiC) ceremony hosted by Kean University, Rutgers University, and The College of New Jersey. The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) AiC awards will be bestowed upon 27 New Jersey high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology.

Ms. Hetherington’s keynote address, “Two Steps to Success: Try & Grasp,” challenges young women to get active in the world and to try everything. “It’s an honor and privilege to stand before these young women and recognize their eagerness and commitment to enter a predominantly male industry,” said Ms. Hetherington. “NCWIT reports that 3.5 million computing-related jobs will be in demand by 2026, but at the current rate only 17% could be filled by U.S. workers holding a bachelor’s degrees. Given the limited number of women in this ever-growing industry, NCWIT’s initiative is trailblazing the path for many to enter an exploding career with lucrative salaries.”

The Kean Foundation will provide two $5,000 scholarships to students involved in NJ NCWIT; The College of New Jersey is offering a scholarship of $5,300 to a winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing; and Rutgers University is offering a “Rutgers Aspirations in Computing” Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for their first year at Rutgers to all the winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing National Award, and all of the winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing New Jersey Affiliate and Philadelphia Affiliate Awards.

In January, NCWIT announced the 2019 NCWIT Award for AiC national recipients, honoring four hundred women in high school from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases.

Ceremony Details: April 2, 2019, 5:00 – 8:30 pm
Location:  Kean University NAAB auditorium