WiTT Announces Groundbreaking Partnership with CTS, Tractor Supply Company, and MTSU in Effort to Promote STEM Education and Careers in Middle Tennessee

Wed, November 16, 2016 2:22 PM | Meg Chamblee

Women in Technology Tennessee (WiTT) recently announced a new, first of its kind, scholarship to benefit women in Computer Information System (CIS) majors at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). Partnering with CTS of Nashville and Tractor Supply Company, WiTT has coordinated a $2500 scholarship from each organization to help a qualifying female CIS major at MTSU who will also benefit from an internship at the company that selects her. Additionally, WiTT will match each scholarship with an additional $1,000, resulting in a $3,500 total scholarship for each candidate along with mentorship by professional women in technology.

Nashville’s former Mayor, Karl Dean, stated that “In Nashville, education and learning must always come first.”[1] Nashville’s new Mayor, Megan Barry has continued the push for more programs in STEM benefiting both the students of Nashville, as well as the future job market to keep Nashville competitive with regional cities vying for the same business growth.

WiTT’s continued mission to empower women and girls in technology through education, outreach, mentoring and networking aligns with all of the other efforts in Middle Tennessee to promote both the interest in STEM programs and the development of a competitive workforce that will entice future companies growth. Beth Hoeg, President of WiTT stated, “I am so excited to team up with MTSU and area companies to provide this combined offering of scholarship, mentorship and an internship, in accordance with a future job to a female CIS candidate from MTSU. This brings together the mission of WiTT and also helps us support the greater efforts of our city’s leadership.”

Parties interested in the scholarship should connect with the CIS program at MTSU. Here is a link to the application: WiTTScholarshipApplication.docx

MTSU: With an enrollment of about 23,000 students, MTSU is the largest university in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. We are also the number-one choice for our state's transfer students and the number-one provider of graduates to the Greater Nashville economy. We also lead the TBR system in total bachelor's degree graduates each year, and are tops among all state universities for adult graduates. Computer Information Systems (CIS) was established in 1972 as a department within the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited Jennings A. Jones College of Business. Since that time, it has continued to grow and is recognized throughout Middle Tennessee and the southeastern region of the United States as a progressive and competent program. Learn more at www.mtsu.edu.

CTS: CTS is a software consulting firm specializing in solving complex business problems with custom IT solutions. Since 1993, we have delivered Software Development, Business Intelligence, Quality Assurance, and Application Support solutions to enterprise clients across the Southeast. We deliver all engagements using only our full time staff of 300+ and our reliable, quality-driven approach. Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, CTS has offices in Nashville, TN, Chattanooga, TN, Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA, and Mobile, AL.  Learn more at www.askcts.com.

Tractor Supply Company: Tractor Supply Company is the largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in the United States. The company operates over 1,500 retail stores in 49 states, employs more than 23,000 team members and is headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn. Its stock is traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol "TSCO". We live by our mission, “To work hard, have fun and make money by providing legendary service and great products at everyday low prices.” Our culture—driven by our core Mission and Values—empowers each employee to use what they learn and pursue their goals in a collaborative, open environment. Lean more at www.tractorsupply.com.

Women in Technology Tennessee Women in Technology Tennessee (WiTT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating new possibilities for women to advance and succeed in technology careers. WiTT provides a forum to empower women in technology through education, outreach, mentoring and networking. WiTT continues to evolve to meet the needs of professionals in a rapidly changing industry. Learn more at www.wittn.org.

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