The Women in Technology group (WiT) at Butler Community College is hosting two events for Girl Scouts from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday for Girl Scout Brownies, grades 2-3, and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday for Girl Scout Juniors, grades 4-5, at Butler Community College, 5000 Building, 715 E. 13th St. in Andover.


The Women in Technology group (WiT) at Butler Community College is hosting two events for Girl Scouts from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday for Girl Scout Brownies, grades 2-3, and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday for Girl Scout Juniors, grades 4-5, at Butler Community College, 5000 Building, 715 E. 13th St. in Andover.

“This is a great example of Butler’s mission in action, as we share our expertise and innovation with a valued community partner to equip our youth in this region with pure learning power,” said former Girl Scout Jackie Vietti, president of Butler Community College.

Brownie Girl Scouts will earn their Computer Smarts and Point, Click and Go Try-its, while Junior Girl Scouts will earn their Discovering Technology and Architecture badges, learning about different styles of architecture in the engineering graphics/CAD labs.

“I think this partnership is essential,” said JesAnne Bouchard, a former Girl Scout, current Butler student and WiT member. “Butler is determined to invest in their students, and Girl Scouts is about empowering girls in the same way.
Technology is everywhere, and it’s really important to expose these girls to it at a young age. My hope is that by us investing in girls, they’ll be even more prepared to enter the real world and have a better idea of what their career options are.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs that require computer and math skills are projected to grow by more than 20 percent in the next decade.

Unfortunately, studies show that girls begin to lose confidence and interest in science and math during middle school, which is why Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is committed to providing quality educational opportunities for girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to help bridge this gap.

In addition to the Women in Technology event on Oct. 2, Butler is also hosting “College 101” on Nov. 6 that will introduce older Girl Scouts to the ins and outs of college.  Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts (grades 9-12) are invited to have breakfast with Vietti who will be available for questions. One 15-hour scholarship will be awarded to one participant (valued at approximately $1,250).

For more information about Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, visit kansasgirlscouts.org.