Kudos to the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Information Science and Technology for its new initiative to promote science education to middle school and high school girls and to boost UNO’s recruiting of female students for information technology studies. A task force of representatives from some of Omaha’s largest companies is overseeing the campaign, which has a fundraising goal of $400,000. Women account for only about one-fourth of information technology jobs nationally, and it’s a good idea to raise girls’ awareness about the opportunities.
An encouraging trend in education is boosting young people’s understanding of personal finance issues. The Wausa Public Schools, in northeast Nebraska, deserve a salute for earning a seventh-place national award for the district’s student test scores on a financial literacy certification test during an event hosted by the New York Stock Exchange. In addition, two other Nebraska high schools — Arlington High School and Fillmore Central High School — placed in the top 100.