(Photo by Omar Aldawsari)

Mesa Community College host event to increase student engagement in IT

The Maricopa IT Institute-East Valley and the Maricopa Workforce and Economic Development Office hosted a seminar to increase information technology industry student engagement, with the participation of several technology companies at the Rio Salado Conference Center on Oct. 26, 2022.

The Engagement IT workshop introduced the opportunity for several paid internships, Free online training, and Employment Opportunities.

 “This engagement event was made for our students to understand all of the free opportunities the IT industry is affording them as they’re trying to build their talent pipelines,” said Diane Meza, the director of Maricopa Information Technology Institute- East Valley.

In the IT workshop, students were educated on tuition, scholarships, vouchers, work-based learning, and employment opportunities. Participating companies presented offers that included future opportunities for students.

Attendees also learned how to create their digital resumes in the Pipeline AZ portal in order to be matched with employers.

“We are hoping that students left with ideas of how they can apply for scholarships, apprenticeships, and internships, and get the CCL certificates that they can acquire to lead to employment and how they can go on Pipeline AZ get their digital resume created with their skills and be matched to employers,” added Mesa. 

Several companies shared opportunities for attendees. Companies that attended include Infosys, Pegasystems, AWS, Pipeline AZ, MCC’s Technopreneur Mobile App Development, and CAHSI-Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Each company presented a brief presentation of the opportunities it will present to The Engagement IT workshop attendees through its speakers.

“As a cyber security student, this event was important to me to learn about future opportunities related to my major, especially with the expansion of many companies in the fields of technology around the world,” said Saeed Alhabbas, an MCC cybersecurity student.

Each company participating in the event hosted the attendees at their tables and participated in the IT workshop to distribute introductory papers to the companies and possible training opportunities for students after their graduation.

I am an international student and I attended this event to know the opportunities of getting a training opportunity before returning to my country to hone my skills and gain experience,” said Omar Aldawsari, an international student at MCC.