Hundreds Gather at WT to Talk Technology

By Veronica Dietrich |

Published 10/11 2013 10:09AM

Updated 10/11 2013 10:15PM

More than 200 high school and community college students from across Texas met up at the WT campus to talk Technology.

The Technology Summit was held at Legacy Hall in the Jack B. Kelly student center, and hosted about 500 executives as key note speakers.

The WTAMU School of Engineering and Computer Science, and the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery were hosts of the event.

The purpose is to focus on the shortage of talent in the world of technology and software development. 

It began on October 11 at 10 in the morning and will end with campus tours at 1pm.

Scheduled presenters include IBMs Phil Weintraub, Senior Vice President for ZEnterprise Software North America and Vicky Scott with Fidelity Investments, to name a few.

Officials say universities are producing less than 20% of the needed systems programmers and software engineers for mainframe systems. 

WTAMUs Computer Science program is one of only three in the United States that affords students an opportunity to focus on mainframe computing. 

Graduates of the WTAMU Computer Science program are aggressively recruited by Fortune 500 companies and are offered some of the highest starting salaries of any WTAMU graduates.  

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