One thing I love about Rackspace Blacksburg (aka “Racksburg”) is how we support our local STEM community through both sponsorships as well as Racker volunteerism. But besides sponsoring (and teaching) classes on programming robotics or rocket science, there’s another lesser known need in the STEM community. If you look around most of today’s leading tech companies you’ll notice a pretty significant imbalance of women in tech jobs. Only 18% of today’s Computer Science grads are women (compared to 37% in the 1980s!). A problem you would think should be getting getting better in the 21st century, not worse.
STEM Diversity Movement Helps The American Tech Sector
In a day where more and more tech companies are outsourcing critical Dev and Engineering jobs, even pushing congress for more H1B (overseas tech sector) workers — it’s more important than ever that we build up and make use of our own domestic, female, tech work force. A work force that actually helped create the computer industry in the first place back in the 40s. Continue reading
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Racksburg = Rackspace + Blacksburg.
Racksburg is the Rackspace Developer office located next to Virginia Tech campus, nestled in the lush hills of Appalachia in south western Virginia.
In Racksburg, we work hard and play hard. Blacksburg has some of the best work/life balance in the US, as documented in reports like “Best Place In The US To Raise Kids” (2012) and in the top 10 “Best College Towns to Live In”. With all the outdoor activities and stellar blue ridge vistas, Blacksburg is not only a really nice place settledown and raise a family, but it is also a technology rich environment where you can regularly reach out with other like minded technologists and cutting edge academia. Our location literally allows Rackers to live on the side of a mountain and still have a picturesque 10 minute commute time — that is, unless you prefer just officing from home. Combine the awesome outdoor living with a nice low cost of living and thriving local tech community, and you can see why Rackers love the higher quality of life we experience here in “Racksburg”.
For more information on Racksburg Developer, Engineering, Project Management and other job openings we have here, visit our Blacksburg career page.
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