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Skilled To Work: More women entering IT

More women are choosing to go into information technology. A local woman talks about her experience and how she's seen a change in the industry.

Posted: Jul 24, 2019 9:24 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - More women are choosing to go into information technology. A local woman talks about her experience and how she's seen a change in the industry.

Lucy La Khurreau got into Information Technology thanks to her son. Now with Ivy Tech, it's become her career and one she'd like to see more women get in to.

"When I started, there was one. Me. But one of the things that happened was our program chair was also a woman and she started out as an accountant. So, it's according to where we actually are. We still have some issues in some of the different programs but I've seen a lot of these ladies wander through here and they are absolutely marvelous."

La Khurreau says over the years it's become a more welcoming field thanks to the men who are advocating for women.

"One of the things that happens is a lot of the guys decided that instead of just looking down and denigrating that 50% of what their population could be, they started becoming their advocates and their allies. And that's an important thing for any field but particularly in the computer field who specifically did not start. Programmers for example, in some of the stuff we had at the very beginning were programmed by women because they were smart enough to do accounting so they did the programming and it's gotten so much better and that's because the fact that we do have the allies."

La Khurreau says if you find STEM subjects and problem solving interesting, this could be the field for you.

"My first computer was laying on the floor when my son walked in, and I love the line. 'Momma, whatcha doin?' the ability to sit there and tear that apart and put it back together again and it's working, if you like that, that kind of excitement, whether it's programming or networking or it, that's where it's at."

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