Concerned about the growing disparity between the number of men and women who enter the information technology (IT) field, the Florida Department of Education and networking giant Cisco Systems Inc. have unveiled a new program aimed at recruiting female students into the IT ranks.

Called Girls Get IT, the initiative is intended to foster workforce awareness and proactive industry recruitment at the middle and high school levels by giving girls more of an opportunity to explore IT as a potential career choice. Program leaders say they hope to close the widening IT gender gap, illustrated by the...

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