'Savvy' tech students coming from Watsonville schools
Watsonville High junior Stephanie Barraza won a national award for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women and Information Technology in December. Barraza was one of 35 young women selected for the honor from more than 1,110 applicants, and she is just the next in a long line of Watsonville TEC graduates to garner accolades. Watsonville schools are quietly becoming a stronghold of young computer programmers, thanks to a small, grant-funded program that launched five years ago to help Latina girls learn about technology, known locally as Watsonville TEC, but also known as the ITEST project Animando a Estudiantes con Technologia (AET).
This article is the third in a series on Watsonville TEC by the Watsonville Patch.