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Information Technology, ‘A place for girls’

Williamsport Area High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) program has begun an initiative to feature students enrolled in their courses in short videos. A few months ago, Emily Smith, a Construction Trades student, was featured. The video now has over 5,000 views.

Information Technology CTE class recently released a similar video showcasing senior Paige Diabelko. Through her coursework, Diabelko found her true passion and is now employed at a job where she puts the skills she learns in the classroom to use.

“Taking this course helped me to solidify the idea of working in technology and helped me to find that what I really wanted to do in life is design video games. This class taught me skills that I’ll need in my future career field,” Diabelko said.

In the course, the students learn about the parts of a computer and how they work together to help the computer perform. In the video, Diabelko explains how the skills the students learn in class have a real-world application. She says that the school district sends computers to the class from all over the district so that the students can diagnose the problems and fix them.

Diabelko was recently employed by BLaST IU 17. She works in a department that provides internet services for programs managed by BLaST. She performs maintenance on computers and work with the hardware.

Diabelko’s IT teacher Mrs. Laird helped place Diabelko with BLaST. Laird works with local organizations to place students from her level three CTE classes in jobs. Even though the initial introduction was made through the school, Diabelko still had a formal interview before being hired.

In the fall, Diabelko plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology, where she will major in video game design. She will be pursuing a career in a field that is still predominantly male. In fact, she is one of only a few females in her CTE class.

When asked about her video and the impact it may have on young girls, she replied, “There is a place for girls in the field, and it is easier than you think to become a part of it.”

As of now, Diabelko’s video has over 2,000 views. To watch it, visit Williamsport Area School District’s Facebook page.

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