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Melanie Williamson is the Assistant Dean for the Business, Computer, and Information Systems division and a Professor of Computer & Information Technologies at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
Melanie Williamson has worked extensively with four-year institutions to develop/improve 2+2 articulation agreements to increase transfer rates for CIT students. Melanie Williamson is involved in several efforts to increase the number of women in computing, including serving as a co-chair of the first-ever community college ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing. She is a member of the National Center for Women in Information Technology’s Annual Summit Planning Team including the Academic Alliance and Lightening Talk sub-committees. She served on a review panel for the National Science Foundation. In the past, she has served as the co-chair of the Community College Involvement committee. Melanie is a member of the Chapters committee for the national Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) – Council on Women. She is currently a member of the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education Pre-conference Planning Committee. In 2017, Melanie was a member of the steering committee, for an NSF grant, that hosted a meeting to discuss “The Authentic Inclusion of Community Colleges in Broadening Participation in Computing.” Recently, she has presented at the Grace Hopper Celebration – Making IT Count with Community Colleges – which discussed broadening participation in computing and at the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education – Grade 9 – 16 Computer Science Dual Credit Pathway.
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