The PS Solutions Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was established in 2012 to encourage young girls
to develop an interest in software engineering. It was created in the hopes these girls would ultimately consider
pursuing careers in computer science and/or computer programming. PS Solutions Foundation partners with educational
providers to explore computer programming at a young age. Helping young girls understand that they have the power to
make a difference in their own lives and the lives of those around them can be a life-changing opportunity. When
they are given that foundation, they can help find solutions.
If you are interested in learning more about the PS Solutions Foundation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations are accepted through the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation. When donating, please specify “PS
Solutions Foundation” as your chosen fund to direct your donation.
The INSPIRE Act is one additional step in what needs to be a comprehensive approach to break down the
glass ceiling for women in many STEM fields. We currently have a tremendous shortage of US trained
personnel to fill the many opportunities in STEM fields. The US is currently losing thousands of jobs
overseas, simply because we don’t have trained people to do the work required. While not anywhere near a
cure for the problem INSPIRE is a step in the right direction. The fastest fix to this problem is to
make sure that women are given every opportunity to go after what are often traditionally male
opportunities in the STEM fields.
PS Solutions Foundation is dedicated to helping young girls get exposure to STEM opportunities,
particularly software engineering in the hopes that they will be encouraged to pursue the field as they
work through their educational path. PS Solutions Foundation has provided scholarships for girls
participating in science camps at Penn State Altoona.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while women make up 47 percent of the U.S. workforce, they only hold 25.6 percent of computer and mathematical occupations and only 15.4 percent of architecture and engineering occupations. At the college level, women only earn 18 percent of computer science degrees.
Founded in 2012, PS Solutions Foundation focuses local efforts at encouraging young women to develop an interest in software engineering. The Foundation partners with educational providers to engage the young women so they can explore Computer Science and hopefully one day strive for a career within the field. There is a large opportunity for women within the STEM fields and this Act will hopefully be only one step in a comprehensive plan to help grow those opportunities for women.
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